case sensitivity and XML

Paul Prescod paul at
Tue May 23 15:37:03 EDT 2000

"Michal Wallace (sabren)" wrote:
> How's this:
> 1. By definition: For python to be case insensitive, the token {A}
>    must be the same as the token {a}.


> 2. Therefore:
>         x.A = 1
>    is the same as:
>         x.a = 1
>    where x is some kind of module or object.


> 3. Therefore:
>         x.__dict__["A"] = 1
>    is the same as:
>         x.__dict__["a"] = 1
>    And/Or:
>         setattr(object, "A", 1)
>    is the same as:
>         setattr(object, "a", 1)

False. x.__getattr__ can do the case normalization. If you start messing
with the underlying dictionaries you don't get the special behavior.
Objects already do "funny things" in the "." syntax that you don't get
when you go directly to the dictionary.

> 4. Therefore, the string, "A" must be equivalent to the string, "a".

Also not true. How do you get from "setattr might do case-insensitive
setting" to "A"=="a" everywhere.
 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for himself
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