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John Posner jjposner at optimum.net
Fri Nov 6 16:44:38 CET 2009


Gabriel Genellina said:
>
>> Another reason was that §6.2 does explicitly discuss attribute 
>> references as targets, but not subscription as target. It would have 
>> been more clear to me if all (four?) possible target forms were 
>> discussed. Happily you did now discuss that in the part that I 
>> snipped above, but would've been nice, and easier for for an 
>> other-language-thinking person :-), if it was in documentation.
>
> Yes, probably that section should be improved (except the final 
> example added, the text hasn't changed since it was first written, 
> more than 9 years ago).
>
FWIW ... following on a discussion in this forum in March of this year 
[1], I submitted issue #5621 at bugs.python.org, along with a proposed 
rewording of the documentation of this case:

   self.x = self.x + 1

I did *not* address the case in which the target is a subscription -- it 
wasn't the focus of the forum discussion. IMHO, the subscription case is 
much less subject to misunderstanding than the 
instance-attribute-vs-class-attribute case. My change was accepted (with 
some rearrangements made by Georg Brandl), but has not yet been included 
in any Py2 or Py3 release, AFAIK.

-John

[1] http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-list/2009-March/175054.html




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