[Python-ideas] Truly international Python

Dima Tisnek dimaqq at gmail.com
Tue Nov 30 18:46:12 CET 2010

Let's recall Guido's old Computer Programming for Everybody (CP4E) proposal.

Nowadays that Python is established, it's high time to push Python
into education, especially first programming language education. I
think, in the modern world it means pre-school.

Now the larger part of the world's children doesn't learn English
before school, therefore we need to have truly localized Python.

Some might recall a Python derivative demo with unicode variable names
(link anyone?).

I think we ought to go further. For example, consider imaginary
language pig latin:

"""This does that"""  --> """Thiso acto thato"""   # docstrings
__version__ = (1,2,3) --> __versio__ = (1,2,3)     # variable names
import time           --> importo chrono           # standard module names
def foo(): pass       --> defo foo(): passo        # Python keywords
"foo".upper()         --> "foo".uppero()           # standard library
raise Xx("undefined") --> raisio Xx("indifinito")  # errors
#!/usr/bin/python     --> #!/usr/bin/pythono       # executable name
#!/usr/bin/python     --> #!/usero/binaro/pythono  # name and path

Of course there are concerns for many languages:
Each language needs to establish stable translations for keywords,
basic types, standard modules, methods in standard modules, etc.
Some languages don't support word spaces natively
Some languages have different punctuation rules, e.g. comma for decimal point
Some languages use different quotes
RTL languages spell words RTL yet (some/all?) spell numbers LTR
Hopefully none has to recreate 10,000-separator system ;-)

Anyhow, it's not the issue of core Python to support particular
languages, what is needed is:
the concept that this is needed, and
the base where from a particular localization can evolve from

Here, a fun example, how Python might look like in
google-translate-simplified-chinese. Blame google, not me as I know
very little about this language.

"""This does that"""  --> """这是"""           # docstrings
__version__ = (1,2,3) --> __版本__ = (1,2,3)   # variable names
import time           --> 进口 时间             # standard module names
def foo(): pass       --> 业 美孚(): 通过     # Python keywords
"foo".upper()         --> “富” 上层()         # standard library
raise Xx("undefined") --> 提高。二十(“未定义”) # errors
#!/usr/bin/python     --> #!/usr/bin/蛇        # executable name
#!/usr/bin/python     --> #!/用户/二进制/蛇      # name and path

I track this here and will update with the received feedback:


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