[XML-SIG] Re: Finding _xmlplus in Python 2.3a2

Martijn Faassen faassen@vet.uu.nl
Sun, 2 Mar 2003 17:59:29 +0100

James Kew wrote:
> Finally, I'd always assumed that the xml-aliases-to-_xmlplus business was a
> trick to allow PyXML to eventually _become_ the standard Python xml library
> with minimal impact on early adopters. Am I way off base here?

I think that this was/is indeed the motivation. I think we're having 
more than enough negative impact on adopters right now though.

Anyway, in the new scheme any adopter who wants to move to using the stuff
in the core can explicitly decide as such if they change their import..
I believe this is commonly the case when a library gets accepted in the
core anyway -- I'm not sure why PyXML wanted a special status there. I
guess I should go look through some mailing list archives; I vaguely
recall this discussion from some years ago, but at the time I did not
have the benefit of hindsight and don't recall participating. :)