[Python-Dev] Fwd: Problem withthe API for str.rpartition()

Raymond Hettinger rhettinger at ewtllc.com
Tue Sep 5 19:46:01 CEST 2006

> ISTM this is just begging for newbie (and maybe not-so-newbie)  
> confusion.  Why not just document both as returning (left, sep,  
> right) which seems the most obvious description of what the methods  
> return?

I'm fine with that (though it's a little sad that we think the rather 
basic concepts of head and tail are beyond the grasp of typical 

Changing to left/sep/right will certainly disambiguate questions about 
the ordering of the return tuple.  OTOH, there is some small loss in 
that the head/tail terminology is highly suggestive of how to use the 
function when making succesive partitions.


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