[XML-SIG] Ugh! Why are DOM access methods spelled with a leading '_'?
Sun, 25 Jun 2000 21:38:57 +0200 (CEST)
Paul Prescod writes:
> > The W3C documentation gives the IDL mapping, which requires the
> > Python specific mapping.
> Actually, the DOM can be mapped into a language in a manner that does
> not follow directly from the IDL and CORBA specs. That's why there is a
> formally defined java binding rather than just a reference to the IDL
> specs. Historically, though, 4DOM was really a CORBA tool so it really
> needed to follow the specs.
> I would vote for losing the leading underscore.
I would vote against.
DOM is specified in terms of IDL.
Python has an IDL -> Python mapping.
Deviating from this mapping for DOM only would require special
knowledge -- a thing I do not like.
I would not object, though, when the Python IDL mapping
would use the Java approach: prepend '_' only if doing
otherwise would introduce name clashes.