Numeric literal syntax

Alexander Schmolck a.schmolck at
Thu Sep 4 11:37:02 CEST 2008

Steven D'Aprano <steve at> writes:

> On Thu, 04 Sep 2008 01:22:22 +0100, Alexander Schmolck wrote:
>> It seems to me that the right choice for thousands seperator is the
>> apostrophe. 
> You mean the character already used as a string delimiter?

Yup. No ambiguity or problem here; indeed unlike space seperation or '_' it
would work straighforwardly as a syntax extension in pretty much any
programming language I can think as well as end-user output (I think that
writing e.g. 1'000'000 on a website would be perfectly acceptable; unlike


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