[Python-ideas] allow `lambda' to be spelled λ

Paul Moore p.f.moore at gmail.com
Wed Jul 13 15:20:33 EDT 2016

On 13 July 2016 at 19:15, Stephen J. Turnbull <stephen at xemacs.org> wrote:
> So what?  If you run Mac OS X, Windows, or X11, you do have a keyboard
> capable of producing Greek.  And the same chords work in any Unicode-
> capable editor, it's just that the Greek letters aren't printed on the
> keycaps.  Neither are emoticons, nor the CUA gestures (bucky-X[1],
> bucky-C, bucky-V, and the oh-so-useful bucky-Z) but those are
> everywhere.  Any 10-year-old can find them somehow!

Um, as someone significantly older than 10 years old, I don't know how
to type a lambda character on my Windows UK keyboard... Note that
memorising the Unicode code point, and doing the weird numpad "enter a
numeric character code" trick that I can never remember how to do,
doesn't count as a realistic option...

If it were that easy to type arbitrary characters, why would Vim have
the "digraph" facility to insert Unicode characters using 2-character


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