Using non-ascii symbols
jstroud at ucla.edu
Tue Jan 24 04:16:52 CET 2006
Christoph Zwerschke wrote:
> On the page http://wiki.python.org/moin/Python3%2e0Suggestions
> I noticed an interesting suggestion:
> "These operators ≤ ≥ ≠ should be added to the language having the
> following meaning:
> <= >= !=
> this should improve readibility (and make language more accessible to
> This should be an evolution similar to the digraphe and trigraph
> (digramme et trigramme) from C and C++ languages."
> How do people on this group feel about this suggestion?
> The symbols above are not even latin-1, you need utf-8.
> (There are not many usefuls symbols in latin-1. Maybe one could use ×
> for cartesian products...)
> And while they are better readable, they are not better typable (at
> least with most current editors).
> Is this idea absurd or will one day our children think that restricting
> to 7-bit ascii was absurd?
> Are there similar attempts in other languages? I can only think of APL,
> but that was a long time ago.
> Once you open your mind for using non-ascii symbols, I'm sure one can
> find a bunch of useful applications. Variable names could be allowed to
> be non-ascii, as in XML. Think class names in Arabian... Or you could
> use Greek letters if you run out of one-letter variable names, just as
> Mathematicians do. Would this be desirable or rather a horror scenario?
> -- Christoph
I can't find "≤, ≥, or ≠" on my keyboard.
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