Why aren't OrderedDicts comparable with < etc?

Mark Summerfield list at qtrac.plus.com
Thu Jul 16 08:21:48 CEST 2009


I'm just wondering why <, <=, >=, and > are not supported by

    >>> d1 = collections.OrderedDict((("a",1),("z",2),("k",3)))
    >>> d2 = d1.copy()
    >>> d2["z"] = 4
    >>> d1 == d2
    >>> d1 < d2
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File "<pyshell#6>", line 1, in <module>
	d1 < d2
    TypeError: unorderable types: OrderedDict() < OrderedDict()

It just seems to me that since the items in ordered dictionaries are
ordered, it would make sense to do an item by item comparison from
first to last item in exactly the same way that Python compares lists
or tuples?

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