PEP 318 - Function Modifier Syntax

Andrew Walkingshaw andrew-usenet at
Wed Jun 11 14:33:32 CEST 2003

In article <mailman.1055319116.28014.python-list at>, Ian
Bicking wrote:

>> A fair point.  So if you were able to choose any keyword for this task
>> that you wished, which would you choose?
> I think "as" is a perfectly good keyword, and no other suggestion I've
> seen is better.  It reads well and it represents the underlying
> implementation fairly well.  And "as" is already (kind of) a keyword, so
> all the better.  It was an early suggestion, and a good one -- I don't
> know why people are working it over so much.

Because we haven't anything better to do? :)

Another option which comes to mind, assuming that these function
decorators work the way I think they do, is "applying":

def f(x,y,z) applying (decorator1, decorator2):

which would be equivalent to decorator2(decorator1(f(x,y,z))).

The main problem is that it's eight characters, but (to me at least)
it's entirely obvious what it means in this context - and it's not
already in use as a keyword.

- Andrew

Andrew Walkingshaw | andrew-usenet at

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