[docs] [issue12491] Update glossary documentation for the term 'attribute'

Raymond Hettinger report at bugs.python.org
Sun Jul 10 13:18:17 CEST 2011

Raymond Hettinger <raymond.hettinger at gmail.com> added the comment:

The current glossary entry is fine and encompasses was is ordinarily meant by attribute as distinct from a method.

We sometimes use the term loosely to mean any value whether callable or not.  And sometimes it is used loosely to mean anything that can be looked up with getattr().

Attempts to over-define it will be incorrect for some uses.  Also, it is likely to make the glossary entry less understandable.

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