[docs] [issue23756] Tighten definition of bytes-like objects

Serhiy Storchaka report at bugs.python.org
Tue Mar 24 10:20:16 CET 2015

Serhiy Storchaka added the comment:

Totally agree. Current definition is too wide. Actually in different places the term "bytes-like object" can imply different requirements.

* Supports buffer protocol. list isn't.

* Contiguous. memoryview()[::2] isn't.

* len() returns bytes size. array('I') isn't.

* Supported indexing (and slicing) of bytes. array('I') isn't.

* Indexing returns integers in the range 0-255. array('b') isn't.

* Supports concatenation. memoryview isn't.

* Supports common bytes and bytearray methods, such as find() or lower().

* A subclass of (bytes, bytearray).

* A subclass of bytes.

* A bytes itself.

nosy: +r.david.murray, serhiy.storchaka
versions: +Python 3.4, Python 3.5

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