[docs] [issue23639] Not documented special names

Terry J. Reedy report at bugs.python.org
Sat Mar 14 01:05:19 CET 2015

Terry J. Reedy added the comment:

Idlelib.rpc uses the somewhat arbitrary *strings* '__methods__' and '__attributes__' as private signals in its protocol.  They are not object or attribute names, special or otherwise, in the sense used here.

The use of '__methods__' in idlelib.rpc (line 176) harkens back to pre 2.2 days when __methods__ was officially used in the type introspection api.  That class attribute was "a list of method names supported by the object.".  See PEP 252.  Its complement was __members__, a list of non-method attributes (other than itself, I presume).  rpc uses '__attributes__' instead.

nosy: +terry.reedy

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