Indentation and grouping proposal
tim_one at email.msn.com
Mon Jun 7 00:53:50 EDT 1999
[R Wentworth, suggests "_(" and ")_" as alternative grouping constructs]
Note that this won't fly, since "_(" already has a meaning in the grammar
(call the function whose name is _).
> [careful argument & analysis deleted]
> I haven't looked at the Python parser, but naively, this sort
> of "enhancement" would seem to be relatively easy. If there were
> official blessing for the concept, I'd be willing to look into
> doing the necessary work.
Guido's last public word on the subject is in Tools/Scripts/pindent.py.
Go way back (pre-DejaNews; in python.org's archives, though), and you'll
find some words, and even some patches to implement alternatives; e.g., see
The parser hasn't changed all that much since then, although it's likely
changed a lot more than Guido's opinion <wink>.
IIRC, Steven Majewski christened the alternatives "frowning Guidos", in
honor of everyone's favorite some 5 years ago:
if whatever :(
print "no whitespace!" ):
or-was-that-"(:"-and-":)"?-ly y'rs - tim
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