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Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Mon, 17 Jun 2002 09:39:59 -0400

> The trouble is, there's no way to distinguish between
> l1[a:b:]
> l1[slice(a,b)]
> I deliberately made the former be the same as l1[a:b:1] (and so have the 
> restriction on the length of slice) to reduce special-casing (both for 
> the user and me).  Do you think I got that wrong?

Yes I think you got that wrong.  __getslice__ and __setlice__ are
being deprecated (or at least discouraged), so you'll have objects
implementing only __getitem__.  Such objects will get a slice object
passed to __getitem__ even for simple (one-colon) slices.  If such an
object wants to pass the slice on to a list object underlying the
implementation, it should be allowed to.

IOW slice(a, b, None) should be considered equivalent to L[a:b] in all

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)