Py3K idea: why not drop the colon?

Robert Kern robert.kern at
Thu Nov 9 23:28:44 CET 2006

Tim Chase wrote:
> A few arbitrary warts per-dictum of BDFL are fine 
> still looks much cleaner compared to PHP & Perl ;-)

Well, it's neither arbitrary nor simply the preference of the BFDL. The ABC
project actually did empirical experiments with programmers to find that code
comprehension improved by adding the colon.

Here's a post from Uncle Timmy mentioning it:

Unfortunately, my Google-fu has not located an actual paper. It might be in here

Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
 that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
 an underlying truth."
  -- Umberto Eco

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