Py3K idea: why not drop the colon?

Robert Kern robert.kern at
Mon Nov 13 21:30:47 CET 2006

Michael Hobbs wrote:
> In the end, I have to admit that I really couldn't give a flying frog if 
> the colon is there or not. It's just a colon, after all. I *was* hoping 
> that I could convince someone to honestly think about it and consider if 
> the colon is really that noticeable. But so far, the only response that 
> I've received is that there's that ABC study somewhere and that settles 
> that.

Empirical usability research carries a lot of weight. Certainly more so than
projection of personal preferences.

But for what it's worth, my personal preference is that having the colon is more
readable. Yours isn't. That's fine. Debating on that basis, however, is pretty

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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