[PATCH] Identifiers with '?'

Michael Hudson mwh21 at cam.ac.uk
Sun May 21 16:00:23 EDT 2000

Courageous <jkraska1 at san.rr.com> writes:

> > Tee hee.  I have on my machine built (in the last few days) a Python
> > that allows one to use identifiers containing +, *, !, ?, & and @.
> > This means you have to space your operators properly, but is IMHO
> > quite a cool mod.  I can clean it up and post the patch for that if
> > anyone's interested...
> Indeed, not a bad mod. Albeit, did you forget '-' on purpose?
> its-nice-not-having-to-hit-the-shift-key-dontcha-know ly y'rs

No, that's in there - as you pointed out, it's probably the most
handy.  '?' and '!' have they're uses, but only '-' can defend against
the evil forces of studlyCaps.

You can't start identifiers with `*' in my patch (can you guess why?).

I'll get round to sticking it onto my starship pages at some point...


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