Identifiers

An identifier is any nonempty Unicode1 string of the following form:

Either

  • The first character has property XID_start
  • The remaining characters have property XID_continue

Or

  • The first character is _
  • The identifier is more than one character, _ alone is not an identifier
  • The remaining characters have property XID_continue

that does not occur in the set of keywords.

Note: XID_start and XID_continue as character properties cover the character ranges used to form the more familiar C and Java language-family identifiers.

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Non-ASCII characters in identifiers are currently feature gated. This is expected to improve soon.