[Python-ideas] [Python-Dev] Set the namespace free!
python at mrabarnett.plus.com
Sat Jul 24 17:12:39 CEST 2010
Carl M. Johnson wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 3:31 PM, Gregory P. Smith <greg at krypto.org> wrote:
>> What next? An optional way to support case insensitive names using a
>> unicode character prefix?
> This suggests an innovative solution. Using the advanced phishing
> techniques of today’s bleeding edge Mafioso hackers, we can use
> unicode lookalikes to stand in for keywords. So, for example, the
> motivating use case is the desire to write elem.for. Well, all we need
> to do is use the Greek omicron and write elem.fοr. See the difference?
> No? Exactly!
> This is a good first step as a workaround in older versions of Python,
> but I think we can do better than this in future version. Since it is
> so clearly useful and convenient with a wide variety of use cases to
> be able to use current keywords as variable names, I propose that we
> phase out the current set of keywords and replace them with
> vowel-shifted lookalikes: Cyrillic а for a, Cyrillic у for y, omicron
> for o, upside-down exclamation point for i, and the EU’s estimated
> sign ℮ for e. So, the current keywords:
> and elif import return
> as else in try
> assert except is while
> break finally lambda with
> class for not yield
> continue from or
> def global pass
> del if raise
> would be replaced with these new keywords:
> аnd ℮l¡f ¡mpοrt r℮turn
> аs ℮ls℮ ¡n trу
> аss℮rt ℮xc℮pt ¡s wh¡l℮
> br℮аk f¡nаllу lаmbdа w¡th
> clаss fοr nοt у¡℮ld
> cοnt¡nu℮ frοm οr
> d℮f glοbаl pаss
> d℮l ¡f rа¡s℮
Instead of "¡" use "і" ("\u0456") and instead of "℮" use "е" ("\u0435").
> Since this change is visually undetectable, I don’t see why we can’t
> just make it mandatory in 3.2 instead of going through the usual
> multi-release deprecation cycle. (I will admit that the transition
> might be quicker if someone could modify 2to3 and make 3_1to3_2 to
> help people convert their legacy scripts.)
> Can we get fast-track BDFL approval on this one? Seems like a slam dunk to me.
> Internationally yrs,
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