[Python-Dev] PEP 418 is too divisive and confusing and should be postponed

Greg Ewing greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz
Fri Apr 6 09:59:20 CEST 2012

Cameron Simpson wrote:

> I maintain that
> "monotonic" still means what I said, and that it is the combination of
> the word with "clock" that brings in your other criteria.

I'm not trying to redefine the word "monotonic" in general.
All I'm saying is that *if* the PEP is going to talk about
a "monotonic clock" or "monotonic time", it should clearly
define what this means, because it's not obvious to everyone
that it implies something more than the mathematical meaning.

Alternatively, don't use the word "monotonic" at all, and
find a better term.

>       Clock that cannot be set and  represents  monotonic  time since
>       some unspecified starting point.

Which doesn't help very much, because it talks about "monotonic
time" without saying what that means. Googling for that phrase
doesn't seem turn up anything very useful. Apparently we're
supposed to just know.


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