[XML-SIG] Ugh! Why are DOM access methods spelled with a leading '_'?

Jim Fulton jim@digicool.com
Tue, 27 Jun 2000 11:03:07 -0400

Paul Prescod wrote:
> Jim Fulton wrote:
> >
> > ...
> >
> > Yup, however __getattr__ is a pain to utilize unless you have alot of
> > infrustructure.  Zope has support for computed attributes, which makes
> > this pretty sane, especially for read-only attributes.
> a) I think all that you need is a base class. Minidom uses one and it
> seems to work. Anyhow, inherting from "node" is good practice in any DOM
> extension framework.

This is fine if your classes *only* want to implement DOM or
other related APIs. I'd like to be able to add support for the
DOM API to objects *without* making objects DOM specific. For
example, I'd like to provide DOM support in most, if not all Zope
objects. These objects altready implement __getattr__ for other 


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