[Python-Dev] minidom -> new-style classes?

Jason Orendorff jason.orendorff at gmail.com
Wed Apr 18 04:37:24 CEST 2007

I'm working on minidom's DOM Level 1 compliance, targeting Python 2.6.
We have some bugs involving DOM property behavior.  For example,
setting the nodeValue attribute of an Element is supposed to have no
effect.  We don't implement this.

The right way to implement these quirks is using new-style classes and
properties.  Right now minidom uses old-style classes and lots of
hackery, and it's pretty broken.  (Another example--there is an
Attr._set_prefix method, but it is *not* called from __setattr__.)

Surely nobody is subclassing these classes.  You don't subclass DOM
interfaces--the DOM doesn't work that way.  So this change should be
OK.  Right?


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