[Python-Dev] *Simpler* string substitutions

Skip Montanaro skip@pobox.com
Fri, 21 Jun 2002 11:42:52 -0500

    >> Now back to $ vs. %.  I think I can defend having both in the
    >> language, but only if % is reduced to the positional version (classic
    >> printf).  This would be used mostly to format numerical data with
    >> fixed column width.  There would be very little overlap in use cases:

Overlap or not, you wind up with two things that look very much alike doing
nearly identical things.