coding conventions, PEP vs. practice

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Wed Jan 5 06:38:45 CET 2005

"Robert Kern" <rkern at> wrote in message 
news:crff5d$noi$1 at
> Note the first sentence of the PEP: "This document gives coding 
> conventions for the Python code comprising the standard library for the 
> main Python distribution."

Even that should say "from now on".  Some library code was written before 
PEP8.  And Guido has so far discouraged purely stylistic patches to 
functioning code (because of the risk on introducing bugs where none 


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