[Python-ideas] new operators via backquoting

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Wed Jan 3 02:33:36 CET 2007

On 1/2/07, Chris Rebert <cvrebert at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thus, I propose one of the following as the new use for the backtick (`):

You're missing one of the main reasons for removing the backtick
syntax in the first place: the character itself causes trouble by
looking too much like a regular quote (depending on your font), is
routinely mangled by typesetting software (as every Python book author
can testify), and requires a four-finger chord on Swiss keyboards. No
new uses for it will be accepted in Python 3000 no matter how good the

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

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