Obsolesence of <> (fwd)

Aahz Maruch aahz at panix.com
Fri Jun 1 01:29:56 EDT 2001

In article <mailman.991364942.15063.python-list at python.org>,
Lulu of the Lotus-Eaters  <mertz at gnosis.cx> wrote:
>aahz at panix.com (Aahz Maruch) wrote:
>>Lulu of the Lotus-Eaters  <mertz at gnosis.cx> wrote:
>>>I'm not really sure I like the change Alex points to.  It makes
>>>something like the below fail:
>>>  l = [(1+1j),(2-2j),Klass(),Klass(),Klass,5,4,3,'c','b','a']
>>>  l.sort()
>>>Many of the comparisons have no particular meaning. But it is nice to have
>>>everything have some arbitrary inequality relation in order to create
>>>partial orderings on the subsets of things that really do have an order.
>>Yup, this used to work.  Then came Unicode....
>Huh?  What does Unicode have to do with anything?  The below works fine,
>for example:
>  Python 2.0.42-S1.2.23 (#0, Apr 25 2001, 20:59:49) [GNU C/C++] on os2
>  Type "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>  >>> x = u"spam"
>  >>> y = "spam"
>  >>> z = 1+1j
>  >>> w = u"eggs"
>  >>> x < y
>  0
>  >>> x < z
>  0
>  >>> x < w
>  0

Hrm.  There was a thread a month or two back that I can't find about
list.sort() breaking in 2.0 because of a change in the way types were
implemented.  I *thought* I remembered it being because of Unicode, but
I could be wrong.
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