[Python-ideas] keywording prohibited

Aahz aahz at pythoncraft.com
Thu Apr 23 14:53:54 CEST 2009

On Thu, Apr 23, 2009, spir wrote:
> I have noticed a rather strong and nearly systematic opposition to
> (new) keywords. Cannot really figure out why. Would someone clearly
> expose the reasoning behind keeping the keyword set as small as
> possible? (I thought at not preventing users to use the same words
> as names, but this reason does not seem to hold. On the contrary:
> non-keyword builtins bite painfully!)

How do non-keyword builtins bite?

Also, consider that every single non-Python syntax checking mechanism
must be updated (e.g. vim/emacs syntax highlighter).
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