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Back in May, there was quite an extensive discussion of whether or not
Python should support Unicode identifiers (with the final result being
that this would be supported in Python 3). In my periodic googling
for pyparsing users, I stumbled upon Zhpy, a preprocessor that renders
on the fly Chinese Python keywords and indentifiers written using
traditional Chinese characters into ASCII counterparts, and then
executes the resulting script. I was very intrigued at the idea, and
I thought back to Martin v. Löwis's PEP. The Zhpy approach will work
with current versions of Python (going back to 2.3, since pyparsing
requires that version).

You can view examples at the pyparsing "Who's Using Pyparsing" wiki
page - http://pyparsing.wikispaces.com/WhosUsingPyparsing#Zhpy.

Given the breadth of response to Martin v. Löwis's post, I'm curious
as to what the reaction might be to something like Zhpy.

-- Paul

Aug 13 '07 #1
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Paul McGuire schrieb:
Back in May, there was quite an extensive discussion of whether or not
Python should support Unicode identifiers (with the final result being
that this would be supported in Python 3). In my periodic googling
for pyparsing users, I stumbled upon Zhpy, a preprocessor that renders
on the fly Chinese Python keywords and indentifiers written using
traditional Chinese characters into ASCII counterparts, and then
executes the resulting script.
Interesting!

Notice what they do to the identifiers - when translating to "English",
the just number them. I wonder what this will do to backtraces,
cross-module imports, and such...

With Python 3, they can restrict themselves to just translating
keywords, and leave all identifiers in place.

Regards,
Martin
Aug 13 '07 #2

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