Proposed PEP for a Conditional Expression

Erik Max Francis max at alcyone.com
Thu Sep 13 07:53:54 CEST 2001


thp at cs.ucr.edu wrote:

> C syntax does overload the already heavily used colon.

The colon isn't used all that much in C.  It's used in labels and
switch...case statements, the conditional operator, and bitfields.

> Perhaps it
> would be better to use semicolon instead of colon.

The colon is too overloaded in C, but the semicolon isn't?  At least one
semicolon appears in every C statement.

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