[Python-Dev] Deprecated xmllib module

Bill Janssen janssen at parc.com
Tue Dec 7 01:25:07 CET 2004

> * The average quality of the library improves as we take out junk (the
> tzparse module for example) and put in high quality modules like
> logging, csv, decimal, etc.

Yes and no.  The added modules have to be relevant to what users want
to do.  While (relatively) minor stuff like csv and decimal are good
ideas, of course, logging is kind of an "insider's" module.

What many more users want, however, are things like an XML parser, or
a CSS parser, or a usable HTTP server, or...  The fact that XML 1.1
can't be parsed with already-written Python is a *big* strike against.

So removing highly demanded functionality like XML parsing, and adding
specialist modules such as csv, do not overall help what users see as
the quality of the standard library.


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