[Python-Dev] Reminder: an oft-forgotten rule about docstring formatting (PEP 257)

Ben Finney ben+python at benfinney.id.au
Thu Jun 27 07:29:00 CEST 2013

Skip Montanaro <skip at pobox.com> writes:

> Where I can [conform to PEP 257], I do, however I often find it
> difficult to come up with a one-liner, especially one that mentions
> the parameters to functions.

I think it's far better to make the synopsis a summary of the purpose of
the function; no need to force the parameters in there if they don't fit
naturally in the sentence fragment.

A list of the parameters and return value can go in the detailed

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