[Python-Dev] surprising bug in s.capitalize()?

Barry A. Warsaw barry@digicool.com
Thu, 30 Nov 2000 13:13:24 -0500

I was just surprised by something I've never observed before from
string.capitalize().  There is clearly either a bug (really two) in
the code or in the documentation.

>>> '__Myfoo'.capitalize()

Huh?  The documentation says:

    capitalize () 
       Return a copy of the string with only its first character capitalized.

So it's only doing one of the three things it's promising!  For one
thing, it's modifying something other than the first character, and
for another, it's actually swapping the case of the character it /is/
changing.  At least it returns a copy. :)

Given the documentation, I would have expected the return value to be
the same as the original string, i.e. unchanged.

So which is it?  Does the description of the method need to be made
more complicated, or does the code need to be simplified <wink>?