[Python-ideas] Verbatim names (allowing keywords as names)

MRAB python at mrabarnett.plus.com
Thu May 17 19:18:26 EDT 2018

On 2018-05-17 22:38, Rob Cliffe via Python-ideas wrote:
> On 16/05/2018 10:12, Stephan Houben wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> One problem already alluded to with the \identifier syntax is that it 
>> only works
>> if the old Python version is sufficiently recent to understand \.
>> What about using parentheses to allow a keyword to be used as an 
>> identifier:
>> (where)(x, y)
> I believe this is the first proposal that allows future-proofing of new
> code while preserving complete backward compatibility.  As far as I
> know,    ( keyword )    is never legal syntax.

Apart from (False), (True) and (None), there's also (yield).

> Of course, putting brackets round every occurrence of every identifier
> that you think might become an identifier in the next century is a bit
> of a chore.  There is no perfect solution.

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