winnowing down the keyword list (WAS: Re: J2 paper 0.2.1)

Steven Bethard steven.bethard at
Wed Aug 25 01:07:04 CEST 2004

Robert Brewer <fumanchu <at>> writes:
> Any proposal to winnow down the list is eagerly accepted. :)

Yeah, so my understanding was that the point of leaving the keyword argument 
unresolved was that we were trusting in Guido to choose a reasonable keyword.  
I haven't vetoed any of the keywords that I don't like because I'm reasonably 
confident that Guido won't choose any of these keywords.  (That and I am, like 
many others here, burning out on decorator arguments...)

That being said, I think Robert has the right approach here -- if there are 
any keywords you absolutely couldn't tolerate, point them out and if no one 
objects, hopefully we can remove them from the list.  Then we can be left with 
a few keywords that most of us believe are better than @, and then let Guido 
make the final decision.

I guess my point here is that I don't think we need to narrow down the options 
to only one choice (but there's certainly nothing wrong with narrowing down 
the options if you have good reasons).


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