PEP 238 (revised)

Peter Hansen peter at engcorp.com
Fri Jul 27 01:25:24 CEST 2001


Guido van Rossum wrote:
> 
> Here's a completely revised version of PEP 238.  

(Beautiful!  Thank you.)

[...]
>     We propose to fix this by introducing different operators for
>     different operations: x/y to return a reasonable approximation of
>     the mathematical result of the division ("true division"), x//y to
>     return the floor ("floor division").  We call the current, mixed
>     meaning of x/y "classic division".
> 
[...] 
>     - The future division statement, spelled "from __future__ import
>       division", will change the / operator to mean true division
>       throughout the module.

Would it be more logical and consistent to spell it 

  from __future__ import true_division

if we are referring to these both as types of division but specifically 
"classic" and "true" types?  

Or maybe the opposite of "classic" should be "modern", spelled 
"modern_division"?

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Peter Hansen, P.Eng.
peter at engcorp.com



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