[Python-Dev] Re: PEP 292, Simpler String Substitutions

Christian Tismer tismer@tismer.com
Sun, 23 Jun 2002 21:24:16 +0200

Paul Prescod wrote:
> Christian Tismer wrote:
>>Ok, I'm all with it.
>>Since a couple of hours, I'm riding the following horse:
>>- $name, $(name), $(any expr)  is just fine
>>- all of this is compile-time stuff
> I think you just described PEP 215. But what you're missing is that we
> need a compile time facility for its flexibility and simplicity but we
> also need a runtime facility to allow I18N.

Are you sure you got what I meant?
I want to compile the variable references away at compile
time, resulting in an ordinary format string.
This string is wraped by the runtime _(), and
the result is then interpolated with a dict.

>>I also believe it is a good idea to do the _() on
>>the unexpanded string (as shown), since the submitted
>>values are most probably hard to translate at all.
> _ runs at runtime. If the interpolation is done at compile time then "_"
> is executed too late.

Compile time does no interpolation but a translation
of the string into a different one, which is interpolated
at runtime.

will-read-PEP215-anyway - chris

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