[docs] [issue10587] Document the meaning of str methods

Alexander Belopolsky report at bugs.python.org
Fri Dec 3 18:08:23 CET 2010

Alexander Belopolsky <belopolsky at users.sourceforge.net> added the comment:

As discussed in issue10610, it is important to keep the gory details in one place and refer to it throughout the manual.   I think the Unicode terminology is best exposed in the unicodedata module documentation.   For string character-type methods, I suggest presenting an equivalent to unicodedata expression where possible.  For example, x.isalpha() is equivalent to all(unicodedata.category(c) in 'Lu Ll Lt Lm Lo' for c in x) or many be just a "character c is alphabetical if unicodedata.category(c) in 'Lu Ll Lt Lm Lo' is true.

Other examples:

isdigit() -> unicodedata.digit(c, None) is not None
isdecimal() -> unicodedata.decimal(c, None) is not None
isnumeric() -> unicodedata.numeric(c, None) is not None
isprintable()-> unicodedata.category(c) not in 'Cc Cf Cs Co Cn Zl Zp Zs'
islower() -> unicodedata.category(c) == 'Ll'
isupper() -> unicodedata.category(c) == 'Lu'
istitle() -> unicodedata.category(c) == 'Lt'
isalnum() -> isalpha() or isdecimal() or isdigit() or isnumeric()

I am not sure about equivalent to expressions for isidentifier() and isspace().


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