[Python-ideas] Accepting "?" as a valid character for identifiers

Jim Jewett jimjjewett at gmail.com
Mon Nov 1 21:36:36 CET 2010


On 10/31/10, Andre Roberge <andre.roberge at gmail.com> wrote:
> In some languages (e.g. Scheme, Ruby, etc.), the question mark character (?)
> is a valid character for identifiers.

> ... given that the
> ? symbol is not used for anything in Python, would it be possible to
> consider allowing the use of ? as a valid character in an identifier?

One of the things that came out in the decorator discussion is that
the few unused ASCII characters are precious -- and are already in use
by various extensions.  That doesn't mean they absolutely can't be
used (@ was taken in the end), but the barrier is much higher than
"are we using it already"?

-jJ



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