Confused about pep 318

Skip Montanaro skip at
Fri Aug 6 04:03:55 CEST 2004

    Michael> PEP 318 has a slightly sorry history.  As far as I can
    Michael> remember, it was written as an attempt to promote a specific
    Michael> syntax proposal (the 'as' variant?  Maybe, it's not really
    Michael> important).  Since then it's been co-opted to be "The
    Michael> Decorators Pep" and received various rounds of rewrites, none
    Michael> of which have pleased everyone (surprised?  with this topic).
    Michael> I belive it's fair to say that PEP 318 has *never* accurately
    Michael> reflected the state of play on this issue.

Thank you.  As one of the people who have rubbed PEP 318 around in the dirt
a bit I think what you wrote about sums up its state.  I realize that Guido
discussed decorator syntax at EuroPython.  A good take-away from that would
have been for someone involved in those discussions to take an action item
to update the PEP.


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