Martin v. Löwis <martin <at> v.loewis.de> writes:
I'm afraid of "dead" specifications, things whose only motivation is that they look nice. They are just clutter. There are a few examples of this already in Python, like the character buffer interface or the multi-segment buffers.
Multi-segment buffers are only dead because standard library modules do not support them. I often work with text data that is represented as an array of strings. I would love to implement a multi-segment buffer interface on top of that data and be able to do a full text regular expression search without having to concatenate into one big string, but python's re module would not take a multi-segment buffer.