[Python-Dev] PEP 292, Simpler String Substitutions

Tim Peters tim.one@comcast.net
Fri, 21 Jun 2002 11:28:42 -0400

> ...
> (The main problem with `...` is that many people can't distinguish
> between ` and ', as user testing has shown.)

Including Tim testing, which is dear to my heart.  The editor I usually use
allows defining styles (font, size, color, etc) for syntactic elements, and
for Python files I set it up so that the backtick has its own style, 1.5x
bigger than all other characters.  This makes it very easy to see the
backticks as such, but mostly(!) because it forces extra vertical space
above a line containing one.  That's more emphasis than even a Tim needs.
OTOH, I have no trouble seeing lowercase "x" <wink>.

xabcx==repr(abc)-ly y'rs  - tim