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9.4.2. The name part

The name part of a format code specifies the source of the value to be formatted here. Numbers refer to positional arguments passed to the .format() method, starting at 0 for the first argument. You may also use any Python name to refer to one of the keyword arguments.

In general, you can use any combination of these features. For example:

>>> "The sixth digit is '{s.digits[5]}'".format(s=string)
"The sixth digit is '5'"

Starting with Python 2.7, you may omit all of the numbers that refer to positional arguments, and they will be used in the sequence they occur. For example:

>>> "The date is {}-{}-{}.".format(2012, 5, 1)
'The date is 2012-5-1.'
        

If you use this convention, you must omit all those numbers. You can, however, omit all the numbers and still use the keyword names feature:

>>> "Can I have {} pounds to {excuse}?".format(
...   50, excuse='mend the shed')
'Can I have 50 pounds to mend the shed?'