[Python-ideas] keyword arguments everywhere (stdlib) - issue8706

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Fri Mar 2 23:23:59 CET 2012

On 3/2/2012 3:32 PM, Ethan Furman wrote:
> Guido van Rossum wrote:
>> I would actually like to see a syntactic feature to state that an
>> argument *cannot* be given as a keyword argument (just as we already
>> added syntax to state that it *must* be a keyword).

I think this is what we need. I see the problem as being that a) C and 
Python functions work differently, and b) the doc does not -- and should 
not -- specify the implementation. One solution is to make all C 
functions work like Python functions. The other is to allow Python 
functions to work like C functions. Given the reasonable opposition to 
the first, we need the second.

> So something like:
> def ord(char, ?):
> def split(self, char, ?, count)
> def canary(breed, ?, color, wingspan, *, name)

That is probably better than using '$' or directly tagging the names.

Terry Jan Reedy

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