[Python-ideas] Rough draft: Proposed format specifier for a thousands separator (discussion moved from python-dev)

Raymond Hettinger python at rcn.com
Mon Mar 16 08:01:32 CET 2009

[Mathias Panzenböck]
> Has anyone mentioned yet that in german you write the following?
> 10.000.000,000.001

These are all red-herrings.  The proposal is not about internationalization
and it says as much.  There is no doubt that everyone and his brother
can think up a different convention for writing down numbers.

The PEP proposes a non-localized way to specify one of several separators
to group thousands to the left of the decimal point.  At least one
way (spaces or underscores) should be readable, understandable,
and useful to folks from  many diverse backgrounds.  It is not the
intention to be able to reproduce everything that a person can think up.
That would be a fools errand.


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