Python Standardization: Wikipedia entry

Paul Boddie paul at
Fri Feb 1 13:13:23 CET 2008

On 1 Feb, 01:18, "Terry Reedy" <tjre... at> wrote:
> ANSI standards are owned by ANSI or perhaps the accrediting body.  In any
> case, electronic copies sell for $30.  They cannot legally be accessed free
> as for the docs at

Yes, you don't really want standardisation ANSI/ISO-style as the
standards themselves are not freely distributable, although some
people have kindly made drafts of various standards available in
various places, probably against the licensing conditions. Other
standards barely deserve the title because, despite there being some
kind of consensus about their content, they are administered by
industry groups who won't let you look without you either paying to
join their club or accepting a bunch of conditions: not redistributing
material from the texts is probably the mildest I can think of; I'd
imagine that they'd probably have the other members hit you up for
patent licences.

Ultimately, this leaves the W3C as the only genuinely open formal
standards body that I can think of immediately, but I think Python is
somewhat peripheral for them, despite extensive usage of Python by
various W3C people.


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