Author ncoghlan
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Date 2013-02-18.14:39:03
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This actually came up on the core-mentorship list (someone was trying to translate old mod-formatting code that used a colon in the lookup names and discovered this odd behaviour)

My own preference is to let this quote from PEP 3101 dominate the behaviour: "The rules for parsing an item key are very simple. If it starts with a digit, then it is treated as a number, otherwise it is used as a string."

That means Petri's suggested solution (allowing any character except a closing square bracket and braces in the item key) sounds good to me.
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