[Python-ideas] relaxing keyword usage restrictions

Stephen J. Turnbull stephen at xemacs.org
Tue Sep 6 04:26:32 CEST 2011


Greg Ewing writes:
 > Devin Jeanpierre wrote:
 > > The "as" keyword used to be a pseudokeyword that functioned this way.
 > > Apparently the experiment didn't go well,
 > 
 > I think that was only done because the __future__ mechanism
 > hadn't been invented then. As far as I know, it was always
 > intended to become a full keyword at some point.

That may be true, but the PEP says "this word 'as' is not intended to
become a keyword."

For my point it doesn't matter exactly what the intention was; what
matters is that people pay attention to the cost of reserving keywords
globally, but also accept the need for a few keywords.



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