[Python-Dev] Deprecated xmllib module

Tony Meyer t-meyer at ihug.co.nz
Tue Dec 7 01:35:16 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 do you mean by "insiders"?  The logging module is great (ok, it could
be simpler to use in some cases) for any Python programmer.

> What many more users want, however, are things like an XML 
> parser, or a CSS parser, or a usable HTTP server, or...

Statements like this are pretty common, but there's no evidence (that I've
ever seen pointed to) that someone has *measured* how many people want
modules for X.  People who work with HTML at lot are probably keen on those
things you list, yes.  OTOH, other people (e.g. me) have no use for any of
those, but use CSV and logging daily.  Others want something completely

There's quite a difference between quality and relevance.  It's certainly
worthwhile to ensure that all the standard library modules are as of high a
quality as possible (e.g. email > rfc822).  You'll never be able to get
everyone to agree on the same set of modules that are relevant.

If there are that many people that want (e.g.) a CSS parser, wouldn't there
be a 3rd party one that everyone is using that could be proposed for
addition into the standard library?


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