[Python-ideas] Making colons optional?

Steven D'Aprano steve at pearwood.info
Sat Feb 7 00:41:53 CET 2009

Riobard Zhan wrote:

> What bothers me here is that colon-lovers seem to assume their choice is 
> *the* choice.

Colons are not the only choice, but they are the choice made nearly 
twenty years ago. Colons are the status quo. We don't have to justify 
the choice, you have to justify the change.

All we have to do is nothing, and nothing will change. You have to 
convince others, and either change the interpreter or convince somebody 
else to change the interpreter, and convince the Python-dev team and 
Guido to accept that change. Given the opposition on this list, do you 
think that is likely?


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