On 11 July 2018 at 06:39, Steven D'Aprano firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
On Wed, Jul 11, 2018 at 05:14:34AM +0300, Ivan Pozdeev via Python-Dev wrote:
On 11.07.2018 1:41, Victor Stinner wrote:
2018-07-09 18:01 GMT+02:00 Steve Dower email@example.com:
The difficulty is that they *definitely* can use the 32-bit version, and those few who are on older machines or older installs of Windows may not understand why the link we provide didn't work for them.
I think Steve's comment is right on the money.
Although professional programmers should be a bit more technically competent than the average user, many are just hobbiest programmers, or school kids who are just as clueless as the average user since they *are* average users.
I'm perfectly happy for the default installer that you get from the obvious first choice button (the one that says "Python 3.7.0") on the "Downloads" drop-down to be the 32-bit installer. But making people who know they want the 64-bit installer click through "View the full list of downloads" -> "Release 3.7.0", scroll down to the bottom of a page that looks more like a release note if you just glance at the top, and find "Windows x86-64 executable installer" is a bit much. And the convoluted route is a nightmare for people like me to explain when I'm trying to tell people who I know should be getting the 64-bit version, how to do so.
Which is why I'd like to see a bit more choice on that initial dropdown. Just a second button for the 64-bit version is enough - for the full lists the set of links to the left of the dropdown is fine.
 Although I strongly dislike the fact that there's no indication at all in that dropdown that what you're getting *is* the 32 bit version, short of hovering over the link and knowing the naming convention of the installers :-(.