[Python-ideas] Crazy idea: allow keywords as names in certain positions

Greg Ewing greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz
Sun May 13 21:07:49 EDT 2018

Elias Tarhini wrote:
> The thought of writing "operator.not" is appealing, but 
> being forced to use *that* (with *from operator import not* being 
> non-allowable) may not be.

Under the proposal I made in my last post, "from operator import not"
would be fine -- you just wouldn't be able to use the "not" operator
anywhere in the module then. :-)

A more nuanced version would have the effect restricted to the
scope the import appears in, so that you could write

    def f():
       from operator import not
       # 'not' is now an ordinary name inside this
       # function, but it's business as usual elsewhere

Someone else can figure out how to make the parser handle
this, though. :-)


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