Python 3.7 Windows Help Behaviour

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Mon Jul 2 22:41:35 EDT 2018


On 7/2/2018 8:57 PM, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> On Fri, 29 Jun 2018 12:53:15 -0400, Terry Reedy wrote:
> 
>> On 6/29/2018 6:14 AM, BlindAnagram wrote:
>>> In Python 3.7.0 on Windows the help file (python370.chm) displays with
>>> a fixed line length and does not adjust its line length when the user
>>> expands the help window horizontally.  This behaviour is different to
>>> that of the Python 3.6 help file (python360.chm) which adjusts its text
>>> to fit the horizontal width of the help window.
>>>
>>> Is this a deliberate change or one that can be turned on or off in some
>>> way (I prefer the Python 3.6 behaviour)?
>>
>> I believe that this is a deliberate regression imposed by 'experts' who
>> believe in form over function and 'controlling the user experience'.
>> 3.6.6 has been 'fixated' also.
> 
> I think that's been reverted:
> 
> https://github.com/python/cpython/commit/580c7db172a41d6311c0f3a7aec321597576e214

Yes, I wrote the blurb, merged it, and ordered and approved the backports.

-- 
Terry Jan Reedy



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