[Python-Dev] Can we please have a better dict interpolation syntax?

Barry Warsaw barry at python.org
Thu Oct 23 11:58:08 EDT 2003

On Thu, 2003-10-23 at 11:18, Fred L. Drake, Jr. wrote:
> Barry Warsaw writes:
>  > Then again, see my last post.  I'm not sure anything needs to be added
>  > to core Python to support useful $-strings.  Or maybe it can be
>  > implemented as a library module (or part of a 'textutils' package).
> +1 on adding this as a module.

Wasn't there talk of a textutils package around the time of
textwrap.py?  Maybe add that for Py2.4?

> I've managed to implement this a few times, and it would be nice to
> just import the same implementation from everywhere I needed it.
> One note: calling this "interpolation" (at least when describing it to
> end users) is probably a mistake; "substitution" makes more sense to
> people not ingrained in communities where it's called interpolation.
> It might be ok to call it interpolation for programmers,
> but... there's no need for two different names for it.  ;-)

Again +1 isn't strong enough. :)  End users understand "substitution",
they don't understand "interpolation".  If started to use the former
everywhere now.


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