[Python-Dev] Shortcut bugfix

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Tue, 18 Mar 2003 08:56:12 -0500

> > > Does anyone think changin string.atoi is the wrong way to go?

> > Yes, because it changes the semantics. string.atoi() would suddenly
> > start to accept non-strings like integers, floats, etc.
> > 
> > My suggestion would be to carefully reconsider the changes to
> > _tkinter. If it's true that a method can now return strings *and*
> > integers which previously only returned strings, then such a
> > change is clearly not backward compatible.  I'd create a new
> > method for the new semantics in that case.

> That's my gut feeling too.

I misspoke.  I agree with MAL that string.atoi() shouldn't be
changed.  But I didn't mean to imply that I wanted the changes to
_tkinter and Tkinter to be rolled back.

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