Warning: see http://bugs.python.org/issue17170. Depending on the length of the string being scanned and the probability of finding the specific character, the proposed change could actually be a *pessimization*. OTOH if the character occurs many times, the slice will actually cause O(N**2) behavior. So yes, it depends greatly on the distribution of the input data.

On Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 4:37 AM, Oleg Broytman <phd@phdru.name> wrote:
On Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 12:16:48PM +0000, Developer Developer <just_another_developer@yahoo.de> wrote:
> I was having a look at the file: Lib/_markupbase.py (@ 82151), function: "_parse_doctype_element" and have seen something that has caught my attention:
> if '>' in rawdata[j:]:
>     return rawdata.find(">", j) + 1
> Wouldn't it be better to do the following?
> pos = rawdata.find(">", j)
> if pos != -1:
>     return pos + 1
> Otherwise I think we are scanning rawdata[j:] twice.

   Is it really a significant optimization? Can you do an experiment and
show figures?

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