[Python-Dev] Numeric alignment issue with PEP 3101
eric at trueblade.com
Mon Sep 7 23:46:42 CEST 2009
The default string formatting alignment for all types, according to PEP
3101, is left aligned. Issue 6857 (http://bugs.python.org/issue6857)
points out that for numeric types (int, float, and decimal, at least),
the actual implemented default alignment is right aligned.
Mark Dickinson and I agree that for numeric types, right alignment makes
much more sense as a default. And that's what %-formatting and
str.format() both do.
I think the PEP should be modified to say that right alignment is the
default for numeric types. Also the documentation at
http://docs.python.org/library/string.html#formatstrings should have the
Does anyone disagree?
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