[Python-Dev] Accepting PEP 434, Idle Enhancement Exception

Maciej Fijalkowski fijall at gmail.com
Sat Mar 30 03:40:14 CET 2013

On Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 6:33 PM, Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am accepting Todd Rovito's and Terry Reedy's PEP 434, officially
> declaring IDLE to be an application bundled with Python, with the
> contents of "Lib/idlelib" exempt from the usual "no new features in
> maintenance releases" rule.
> As stated in the PEP, this isn't carte blanche to do major rewrites in
> maintenance releases, merely acknowledgement that, when in doubt, we
> better serve our users by treating IDLE as a bundled application and
> making it behave consistently across all supported versions than we do
> by treating it as a library first and an application second.
> Hopefully this clarification, and the stated goal of supporting IDLE
> as a high quality cross-platform default starting point for new Python
> users that aren't already accustomed to the command line and editing
> text files directly, will make it easier for the IDLE developers to
> focus on making IDLE excel at that task.
> Regards,
> Nick.

Does that mean that mainstream idle development should move out of the
python tree?

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