[Python-Dev] PEP needed? Introducing Tcl objects

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Fri, 15 Feb 2002 10:34:28 -0500

> I have a patch that makes the Tcl object API available to _tkinter, in
> the sense that Tcl invocations don't necessarily return strings, but
> return Tcl objects (or appropriately converted Python objects). This
> both helps to improve efficiency, and to improve correctness of Tkinter
> applications since less type guessing is needed.


> For backward compatibility, there is an option on the tkapp object to
> determine whether strings or objects are returned. This is on by
> default when using Tkinter, but can be turned off through setting
> Tkinter.want_objects to 0. I found that IDLE still works fine when
> using Tcl objects.
> Do I need to write a PEP for this change, should I post a patch to SF,
> or should I just apply the change to the CVS?

My only worry is about breaking old apps.  I'd like to see a patch on
SF.  No PEP is needed IMO.

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