testing two lists for equality

Skip Montanaro skip at pobox.com
Fri Jun 20 18:04:07 CEST 2003


    >> Based on the search I just did for "lexicography" ("The art, process,
    >> or occupation of making a lexicon or dictionary; the principles which
    >> are applied in making dictionaries."), I'd say just about anything
    >> would be more correct than the current phrasing.

    David> Oh come on.  The fourth hit I found on Google for lexicographic
    David> order was http://mathworld.wolfram.com/LexicographicOrder.html
    David> which has a clear description of the ordering.  It is hardly an
    David> unknown or unfindable phrase.

True enough, but that use of the term is going to be obscure to anyone but a
computer weenie.  Most people reading the docs will be chemists or linguists
just using Python to get their job done.  If they look up "lexicography" in
their dog-eared copy of Webster's or click the underlined word at the top of
the Google search they are going to find the tradition, non-computer,
definitions of the word.  Even if they stumble upon Wolfram's page what
makes you think they will understand what it says?  The documentation should
be as accessible to the overall Python user base as possible without
sacrificing accuracy.

Skip





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