PEP 350: Codetags

Terry Hancock hancock at
Tue Sep 27 15:04:31 CEST 2005

On Tuesday 27 September 2005 03:07 am, Paul Rubin wrote:
> bokr at (Bengt Richter) writes:
> > 2) In general, I think it might be good to meet Paul Rubin half way
> > re convention vs syntax, but I don't think code tagging should be
> > part of the language syntax per se. (-*- cookies -*- really are
> > defacto source syntax that snuck in by disguise IMO) So perhaps a
> > python command line option could invoke an "official" tool, with
> > some more options passed to it to do various checking or extracting etc.
> I think there should be a single tool that knows about as many of
> these conventions as possible and warns about misuse, not a bunch of
> different tools.  If there are a bunch of different tools, then
> knowing which tools to use is yet another convention. 
> [...]
> Maybe the checking functions don't really belong in the
> compiler/interpreter.  PyChecker might be a good home for them, if
> it's made part of the distro.  There could be an interpreter flag to
> invoke PyChecker automatically.

But that's precisely why it would be valuable to have a PEP -- a
central catalog of such conventions makes it possible for checking
software to be consistent.  If PyChecker were going to check for such
things, it would do so only because a standard convention had been

Terry Hancock ( hancock at )
Anansi Spaceworks

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