[Python-Dev] PEP 287: reStructuredText Standard Docstring Format

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Wed, 03 Apr 2002 20:01:53 -0500

> Why does the community need a new structured text design? What is
> wrong with existing markup methodologies? The PEP didn't answer these
> with any cogent examples, IMHO.

Maybe that's because it's obvious to anyone who has hung out on
doc-sig long enough.  Structured text is really a great idea for
certain situations; reST is a much better implementation of the idea
than any versions I've seen before.  E.g. the ST code in Zope stinks
(this is not a secret).

> The only rationale that I saw was existing use: the people that
> already make use of it find it natural, and everyone else has to learn
> it.

Maybe David needs to write up the rationale better.  But I can assure
you there is one.

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