[XML-SIG] Ugh! Why are DOM access methods spelled with a leading '_'?
Tue, 27 Jun 2000 21:15:47 +0200 (CEST)
Jim Fulton writes:
> Uche Ogbuji wrote:
> > > Traditionally, Python attributes (including methods) with
> > > names starting with '_' were treated as private.
> > This is an informal tradition, not universal, and hardly normative.
> I disagree on two points.
> - It is not entirely informal:
> o import * from foo
> imports only names that don't start with '_'.
This affects only objects in modules.
There is no such statement for class attributes/methods.
> o Private attributes are based on a leading '_'
> - Normative is hard to judge, but I think that this
> is a pretty widely used practice.
In fact, I do it to indicate that I do not expect that
the attribute/method is used outside of the class or
its derived classes.
However, I would not blame the DO-SIG for using '_' prefixed
accessor functions. Because the rule is never explicitely stated.