[Python-3000] string module trimming

Barry Warsaw barry at python.org
Tue Apr 17 22:58:19 CEST 2007

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On Apr 17, 2007, at 1:27 PM, Neal Norwitz wrote:

> On 4/17/07, Barry Warsaw <barry at python.org> wrote:
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>> On Apr 17, 2007, at 5:03 AM, Neal Norwitz wrote:
>> >  * maketrans remains (also implemented in stropmodule.c).  It is
>> > used 11 times.
>> >  * ascii_letters is used 17 times
>> >  * ascii_lowercase is used 2 times
>> >  * digits is used 15 times
>> >  * hexdigits is used 2 times
>> >  * letters is used 9 times
>> >  * whitespace is used 4 times
>> You're not planning on removing these too are you?
> I don't have any plans, just considering options.  Move them
> somewhere?  Perhaps, trim the ones that are unused.  In a unicode
> world, I'm not sure how much some of these make sense.  letters stands
> out more than others.  I don't know enough about unicode to know if
> digits or whitespace can be diff.

Certainly it makes sense to keep the ascii_* constants.  The docs say  
letters and lowercase are locale-aware, so I guess it makes sense to  
keep those too.

> The Template class is in string, which seems pretty appropriate.
> Although with the naming re-org that will be coming, should string be
> renamed to stringlib (or whatever)?

I don't know, I think 'string' still works fine for me.

> What would you like to see for things like maketrans, capwords, etc?

I've used them both a few times, so I guess I'd be fine with keeping  
them where they are.  capwords() seems easy enough to write the one  
or two times I'd need it, so I don't have strong feelings about them.

I know at one point there was talk about a 'text' or 'textlib'  
package, which might serve as a way to organize such other modules as  
textwrap, *StringIO, etc.

- -Barry

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