The slash "/" as used in the documentation
On Sat, Feb 9, 2019 at 1:19 PM Terry Reedy <tjreedy at udel.edu> wrote:
> This is the result of Python being a project of mostly unpaid volunteers.
> See my response in this thread explaining how '/' appears in help output
> and IDLE calltips. '/' only appears for CPython C-coded functions that
> have been modified to use Argument Clinic. A.C. was added, I believe,
> in 3.5. Simple builtins like len would have been the first to be
> converted. The math module was converted for 3.7. There are some new
> conversions for 3.8 and likely some will be left for future versions.
I'm sure there are good reasons for it like most things Python does, but I
can't help but wonder if working on removing the positional limitation from
CPython would be a better use of time.