some time ago, I proposed a string method "dedent" (which currently is
the textwrap module). The RFE is at http://python.org/sf/1237680.
Any opinions? If I don't get positive comments, I'll reject it.
Let it continue to live in textwrap where the existing pure python code adequately serves all string-like objects. It's not worth losing the duck typing by attaching new methods to str, unicode, UserString, and everything else aspiring to be string-like.
String methods should be limited to generic string manipulations. String applications should be in other namespaces. That is why we don't have str.md5(), str.crc32(), str.ziplib(), etc.
Also, I don't want to encourage dedenting as a way of life --- programs using it often are likely to be doing things the hard way.