Myth Busters: % "this old style of formatting will eventually be removed from the language"

Terry Jan Reedy tjreedy at
Wed May 22 21:40:22 CEST 2013

On 5/22/2013 10:24 AM, Denis McMahon wrote:

> Indeed, removing %-formatting could break a substantial amount of live
> code, with potentially significant maintenance effort in the user

While I would like to see % formatting go away everntually*, other 
developers would not. In any case, I agree that it should not disappear 
until there is a foolproof conversion tool, probably custom written. I 
am working on other things.

* perhaps in 10 years?, when all 2.x code that is going to be converted 
has been converted

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