[Python-Dev] The docstring hack for signature information has to go

Larry Hastings larry at hastings.org
Tue Feb 4 10:51:26 CET 2014

On 02/03/2014 08:05 AM, Stefan Krah wrote:
> I think we may slowly get into PEP territory here.  Just imagine that
> we settle on X, then decide at a later point to have a standard way of
> adding type annotations, then find that X does not work because of (unknown).
> I'm mentioning this because signatures get really interesting for me
> if they contain type information.

I simultaneously share your interest, and also suspect that maybe Python 
is the wrong language for that.  After all, Python has always been about 

Even if it did happen, it won't be for quite a while yet.  The logical 
mechanism for type information in pure Python is annotations, and afaik 
they're not getting any large-scale real-world use for type annotating.  
(If I'm misinformed I'd love to hear counterexamples.)

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