[Python-Dev] Issue10403 - using 'attributes' instead of members in documentation
R. David Murray
rdmurray at bitdance.com
Tue Jun 28 13:51:35 CEST 2011
On Tue, 28 Jun 2011 11:54:39 +0100, Michael Foord <fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk> wrote:
> On 28/06/2011 11:44, Fred Drake wrote:
> > But "callable attributes" aren't the same thing as methods; most are methods,
> > but not all. Sometimes, they're data used by the object. The fact that
> > data attributes can be callable is irrelevant.
> Added to which there are other descriptors, notably property, that are
> not directly callable but are not provided as normal "data attributes"
> (although the access syntax is the same). Properties are much closer to
> methods as they are implemented on the class and fetched via the
> descriptor protocol. Instead of "data attributes" I prefer the term
> "instance attributes" although that doesn't include "class attributes"
> (or more precisely it doesn't cover "class attributes that aren't
Also, instances can have methods as instance attributes.
Trying to use 'instance attributes' for non-method attributes is a bad
idea, I think.
Given that there is no one thing that covers all non-method
attributes, I suspect 'non-method attributes' is as good as
we're going to manage.
R. David Murray http://www.bitdance.com
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