[docs] [issue28710] Sphinx incompatible markup in the standard library

Terry J. Reedy report at bugs.python.org
Sun Jun 17 21:45:52 EDT 2018

Terry J. Reedy <tjreedy at udel.edu> added the comment:

In my last comment above, I forgot that this issue is about *docstrings*.  We do not officially process docstrings with Sphinx, so there are no warnings to be suppressed.

PEP 8, which covers style for the stdlib, refers to https://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0257/
Neither says anything about markup and last I remember, there should not be any for the stdlib. Pep-0257 gives this example:

def complex(real=0.0, imag=0.0):
    """Form a complex number.

    Keyword arguments:
    real -- the real part (default 0.0)
    imag -- the imaginary part (default 0.0)
Here, parameter names are indicated by the formatting, not by markup.  If `' is used in such lists, it should just be deleted.  I believe 'name' is sometimes used in running text.

The help() function prints a docstring as is.

nosy:  -rhettinger

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