[Python-Dev] IDLE in the stdlib

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Thu Mar 21 01:30:23 CET 2013

On 3/20/2013 3:59 PM, Brian Curtin wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 2:51 PM, Xavier Morel <python-dev at masklinn.net> wrote:
>> That would be a blow to educators, but also Windows users: while the CLI
>> works very nicely in unices, that's not the case with the win32 console
>> which is as best as I can describe it a complete turd, making IDLE a
>> very nice proposition there (I never use IDLE on Linux or OSX, but do
>> all the time in Windows).
> Can you explain this a bit more? I've been using the CLI python.exe on
> Windows, Mac, and Linux for years and I don't know what you're talking
> about.

I gave examples in my response to the original post: ^C,^V do not work 
(but do in IDLE); the output buffer cannot even hold the entire 
'help(str)' response (IDLE can, and much more) ; by default, print() 
cannot even print all latin-1 chars, let alone the BMP (IDLE will at 
least print a box for the entire BMP); CP is frozen in time 30 years 
ago, while IDLE is being maintained and modernized.

Terry Jan Reedy

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