Proposal: Decimal literals in Python.

Tim Roberts timr at
Mon Oct 29 00:24:51 CET 2007

"Hendrik van Rooyen" <mail at> wrote:

>"Paul Hankin" <>wrote:
>> Even clearer is not to allow octal literals :) Is there *any* use for
>> them?
>I tend to agree with this point of view - but I fear it will set up a howl
>of protest amongst the Brits who cut their teeth on 24 bit ICT/ICL 

As a long-time Control Data employee, I know that 60-bit words and 18-bit
addresses meant that I could do octal arithmetic nearly as fast as decimal.
On the other hand, Python doesn't run on the 6000s...
Tim Roberts, timr at
Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

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