On Fri, Jan 05, 2007 at 09:38:49AM -0500, Neal Becker wrote:
Several extensions to Python utilize the buffer protocol to share the location of a data-buffer that is really an N-dimensional array. However, there is no standard way to exchange the additional N-dimensional array information so that the data-buffer is interpreted correctly.
I am questioning if this is the best concept. It says that the data-buffer will carry the information about it's interpretation as an N-dimensional array.
I'm thinking that a buffer is just an interface to memory, and that the interpretation as an array of n-dimensions, for example, is best left to the application. I might want to at one time view the data as n-dimensional, but at another time as 1-dimensional, for example.
You can always choose to ignore that information if you don't need it. On the other hand, if you *do* need it, how would you otherwise interpret an N-dimensional array, given only a buffer?