[Doc-SIG] epydoc reST markup for stdlib docstrings

Michael Foord fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk
Wed Apr 14 16:39:20 CEST 2010

On 14/04/2010 16:37, Fred Drake wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 10:27 AM, Nick Coghlan<ncoghlan at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> The ", optional" parts seem rather redundant (since they are implied by
>> the function signature itself), but the guidelines say to include them,
>> so I included them. It seems to me that the exceptional keyword
>> arguments are those which are required, not those which are optional.
> This has always been a source of tension in documenting Python: a
> certain amount of information is available in the signature, but the
> signature of the implementation function isn't always the same as the
> signature of the contract.  Documentation needs the later.
> Interfaces help, if you use them (ABCs kinda, if you follow that
> school of thought).  Unfortunately, there's not really a way currently
> to tell the difference between "default implementation" and "contract"
> in ABCs, which is all stock Python provides.

Right - and included in the contract can be details like what exceptions 
an API raises. We don't necessarily need a standard to specify that (?) 
but it is the sort of information that ought to be in docstrings where 


>    -Fred


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