[Python-Dev] User extendable literal modifiers ?!

M.-A. Lemburg mal@lemburg.com
Fri, 27 Sep 2002 20:09:32 +0200

Guido van Rossum wrote:
>>What's more important is whether this ideas raises interest or
>>not. I'm not sure myself whether it's a good idea and that's why I
>>posted the idea here.
> There are lots of possibilities for overgeneralization here.
> E.g. most of the examples of the $x"..." syntax are just as easily
> done using a function call, either passing a string or a few numbers.
> One danger of new notations is that it could be much harder to find
> out what it means if you're not familiar with a program.  If you see a
> call to Frobozz(1, 2), it usually isn't hard to find the definition of
> Frobozz -- at the worst, it's hidden in an "import *", and that's one
> reason to avoid those.  But if you see $f"1 2" in a file, you may have
> to grep all code that is imported by the program containing that file
> for calls to sys.register.

You're probably right.

Marc-Andre Lemburg
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