The slash "/" as used in the documentation

Ian Kelly ian.g.kelly at
Sun Feb 10 10:47:30 EST 2019

On Sat, Feb 9, 2019 at 1:19 PM Terry Reedy <tjreedy at> wrote:
> This is the result of Python being a project of mostly unpaid volunteers.
> See my response in this thread explaining how '/' appears in help output
> and IDLE calltips.  '/' only appears for CPython C-coded functions that
> have been modified to use Argument Clinic.  A.C. was added, I believe,
> in 3.5.  Simple builtins like len would have been the first to be
> converted.  The math module was converted for 3.7.  There are some new
> conversions for 3.8 and likely some will be left for future versions.

I'm sure there are good reasons for it like most things Python does, but I
can't help but wonder if working on removing the positional limitation from
CPython would be a better use of time.

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