[New-bugs-announce] [issue2762] Language Reference: obsolute 2.x notes

Terry J. Reedy report at bugs.python.org
Sun May 4 22:14:37 CEST 2008

New submission from Terry J. Reedy <tjreedy at udel.edu>:

The 3.0a4 docs have various obsolete references to 2.x not yet removed.
I found these and other items by searching for '2.' in each section

Lexical Analysis: Identifiers and Keywords
Please specify the legal ascii chars rather than referring back to the
2.5 doc!  I would delete the second sentence and add the reference to
PEP3131 to the end of the third.  As it is, 'additional characters' and
'other characters' seem like possibly two different sets.

Data Model: instance methods: 'changed in 2.6' delete

Data Model: New Style and Classic Classes
Probably this whole section should go.  I hope that the last sentence is
no longer true ;-)

Data Model: footnote 1 (which I believe came from above): delete

Simple Statements: Raise: several changes suggested.

The grammar is wrong.  There is only one optional expression.

PEP3131 does not mention .with_traceback.  It should if people are
referred to it.  But I would leave out the note and reference.  PEP3131
is irrelevant to anyone just learning Py3 and not useful to non-expert
Py2 users. Anyway, those who need it will find the reference in What's

The .with_traceback method has no doc string.  I presume it should say
"Sets the __traceback__ attribute and returns self." 
The manual should also mention that the method returns the exception
instance (self) Suggestion: "method (which returns the exception
instance), like so:" (There stuff in parens is suggested addition.) I
think this is worth mentioning because mutators, including setters,
typically do *not* return 'self'.

Compound statements: Try 

Given my opinion that 3.0 documents (other that What's New and other
explicit transition docs) should stand on their own, I would also remove
the reference to PEP3110.  But at least it applies to most users.  But
again, I am not sure it adds very much.

The What's New/Exception Stuff entry for PEP3110 could usefully add "You
must now use except SomeException as identifier: instead of except
Exception,identifier" in parallel to the note for 3109 above it
(including the shading of code).

Compound statements: With: remove last two sentences

The Library Reference needs similar treatment.  There are several "2."
references just in Built-in Functions.

assignee: georg.brandl
components: Documentation
messages: 66237
nosy: georg.brandl, tjreedy
severity: normal
status: open
title: Language Reference: obsolute 2.x notes
versions: Python 3.0

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