Python Standardization: Wikipedia entry

Colin J. Williams fn681 at ncf.ca
Tue Jan 29 22:44:39 CET 2008


John Nagle wrote:
> Paddy wrote:
>> I would value the opinion of fellow Pythoneers who have also
>> contributed to Wikipedia, on the issue of "Is Python Standardized".
>> Specifically in the context of this table:
>>   
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_programming_languages#General_comparison 
>>
>>   (Comparison of programming languages)
>> And this entry in the talk page
>>   
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Comparison_of_programming_languages#Standardized_Python.3F 
>>
>>   (Talk:Comparison of programming languages#Standardized Python?)
>>
>> - Thanks.
> 
>   That's correct.  Python is not standardized by any standards body.  
> And no
> two implementations are even close to compiling the same language.
> 
>   A consequence of the lack of standardization is that it discourages
> implementations.  There are about four implementations of something like
> Python (other than CPython), and none of them are close to being usable.
> Letting the author of one implementation control the language discourages
> other implementations.
> 
>   Submitting Python 2.5 to ISO/ANSI might be a good idea.
> 
>                     John Nagle

Better to wait for 3.0?

Colin W.



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