[XML-SIG] XML in Python 1.6 (PROPOSAL)

Paul Prescod paul@prescod.net
Thu, 29 Jun 2000 12:31:29 -0700

Andrew Kuchling wrote:
> "xmlextra" is fine.  It would be nice to invent a way to automatically
> add things to the xml.* namespace, but that seems difficult and
> error-prone.

As an aside: couldn't Python's package mechanism union the contents of
the various packages the way Java does? Perhaps it is a little harder
with the __init__.py stuff....

> The name change simplifies a good many things, and we don't want to
> break things *after* 1.6, so let's get it over with now.  My great
> fear is breaking existing code and what's worse, Sean's book.  (I'll
> have to buy a copy and see what would need to be preserved to keep the
> examples running.)

Well, Pyxie uses pyexpat, which we probably broke when we "fixed" the
attribute handling to use a dictionary instead of a list and it can also
use SAX1, which we would break if we renamed the package.

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