[Python-Dev] closure semantics

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Thu Oct 23 23:44:51 EDT 2003

> We've been assuming all along that the semantics of a
> plain "global" statement have to remain exactly as they
> are, but is that strictly necessary?
> How much hardship would it cause, really, if "global"
> were simply redefined to mean "the next scope out where
> it's bound"?
> It would only break something if "global" were used in
> a nested function *and* there were a variable with the
> same name in some intermediate scope. That sounds like
> a rather rare set of conditions to me. Not significantly
> more common than "yield" being used as a variable name,
> surely?

Reasonable assumption.  We'd have to do a survey.

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)

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