[Python-ideas] PEP 3107 Function Annotations: interoperability (again)

Tony Lownds tony at PageDNA.com
Tue Jan 2 00:17:36 CET 2007

In discussing the Function Annotations PEP on python-list,  
between schemes came up again:


John Roth wrote:
> Third, it's half of a proposal. Type checking isn't the only use
> for metadata about functions/methods, classes, properties
> and other objects, and the notion that there are only going to
> be a small number of non-intersecting libraries out there is
> an abdication of responsibility to think this thing through.

This issue came up before in
and a rather long thread followed. Here is the paragraph in the PEP that
needs updating, at the least:

    There is no worry that these libraries will assign semantics at
    random, or that a variety of libraries will appear, each with
    varying semantics and interpretations of what, say, a tuple of
    strings means. The difficulty inherent in writing annotation
    interpreting libraries will keep their number low and their
    authorship in the hands of people who, frankly, know what they're

The notion that libraries don't intersect should be stripped from the
PEP. The question in my mind is whether this PEP needs to take
responsibility for interoperability.

I contend that people who design an annotation-consuming library
that ends up intersecting several others will likely be capable of  
a solution even if not ideal without a central mechanism, and will be  
better situated to define a solution for a central mechanism.

Any thoughts?


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