Fred L. Drake Fred L. Drake, Jr." <fdrake@acm.org
Mon, 24 May 1999 13:00:21 -0400 (EDT)

Paul Prescod writes:
 > I was thinking that deprecating it would just mean that new people would
 > stop using it. As regex says: "This module is obsolete as of Python

  This could be done easily enough (technically; this would still have 
to pass through Guido, but I think he's open to the SIG's suggestions
on this stuff).

 > I kind of think that the current interface is too large and complicated
 > already. easySax was going to be something like 6 or 8 callbacks. xmllib
 > is already something like 16 or 17.

  There are a lot, but I'm not sure it's a huge problem.  I don't know 
why there's setnomoretags(), and I'd expect setliteral() and
translate_references() should be internal and undocumented.
  I'd also think the default behavior of handle_cdata() should be to
pass the data along to handle_data(), but that's a separate issue.

 > Another option would be to merge the interfaces but deprecate all but the
 > 6 or 8 *methods*. handle_charref, handle_entityref, handle_cdata and many

  I'd be interested in seeing a specific synopsis for your simplified
interface; perhaps just a class declaration with docstrings?


Fred L. Drake, Jr.	     <fdrake@acm.org>
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