Python Feature Request: Allow changing base of member indices to 1

Steven D'Aprano steve at
Sun Apr 15 06:14:09 CEST 2007

On Sat, 14 Apr 2007 20:34:46 -0700, Dan Bishop wrote:

> On Apr 14, 10:55 am, Dennis Lee Bieber <wlfr... at> wrote:
>>         The FORTRAN family had started as 1-based (F95, and Ada, now allow
>> for each array to have its own "base" => x : array (-10..10) of float).
>> Pascal, I forget...
> Pascal allows arbitrary array bases.  It's where Ada got the idea.

It does? Since when? 

When I was being taught Pascal at University (20 years ago...) Pascal
always started indices at 1. We used to joke you could tell musicians who
were trained as C programmers from those who were Pascal programmers
because they did sound checks "Testing, 0 1 2".


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