Language change and code breaks

Matthew Dixon Cowles matt at
Thu Jul 26 01:41:23 CEST 2001

On Wed, 25 Jul 2001 05:22:32 GMT, Guido van Rossum <guido at>

>I have changed my mind.  I think that if I had to start over, I would
>indeed try my hands at a case-insensitive language aimed at teaching
>programming to beginners, with tools to enforce case consistency.
>Given that nobody else who currently uses Python thinks this is a
>good idea

No quite nobody. But I tend to stay out of the flamewars.

>I then settled on a case-sensitive language with case-preserving
>tools. But now I think neither is worth fighting for.

Both are excellent ideas if you ask me but, alas, I fear you're right.


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