This issue tracker has been migrated to GitHub, and is currently read-only.
For more information, see the GitHub FAQs in the Python's Developer Guide.

Title: xml.etree.cElementTree lacks full dir() on Element
Type: enhancement Stage: resolved
Components: Extension Modules, XML Versions: Python 3.6
Status: closed Resolution: fixed
Dependencies: 6472 Superseder:
Assigned To: serhiy.storchaka Nosy List: ArcRiley, christian.heimes, effbot, eli.bendersky, flox, martin.panter, python-dev, santoso.wijaya, serhiy.storchaka
Priority: low Keywords: patch

Created on 2010-02-22 16:36 by ArcRiley, last changed 2022-04-11 14:56 by admin. This issue is now closed.

File name Uploaded Description Edit
dir_elem_c.patch santoso.wijaya, 2011-03-08 04:56
etree_attributes.patch serhiy.storchaka, 2015-11-23 09:49 review
Messages (10)
msg99777 - (view) Author: Arc Riley (ArcRiley) * Date: 2010-02-22 16:36
>>> import xml.etree.cElementTree as ET
>>> tree = ET.parse('test.xml')
>>> root = tree.getroot()
>>> dir(root)
['!__reduce__', '__class__', '__copy__', '__deepcopy__', '__delattr__', '__delitem__', '__doc__', '__eq__', '__format__', '__ge__', '__getattribute__', '__getitem__', '__gt__', '__hash__', '__init__', '__le__', '__len__', '__lt__', '__ne__', '__new__', '__reduce__', '__reduce_ex__', '__repr__', '__setattr__', '__setitem__', '__sizeof__', '__str__', '__subclasshook__', 'append', 'clear', 'find', 'findall', 'findtext', 'get', 'getchildren', 'getiterator', 'insert', 'items', 'keys', 'makeelement', 'remove', 'set']
>>> root.tag

The tag property is not listed in dir() making ElementTree more difficult to use for those of us with poor memories.
msg99929 - (view) Author: Florent Xicluna (flox) * (Python committer) Date: 2010-02-23 15:48

As a workaround, the Python implementation shows its attributes "tag", "text", "tail", "attrib".

Since upstream version of ElementTree drops support for Python < 2.3, we may refactor the Element type, and use the "tp_members" and "tp_getset" slots.
msg130306 - (view) Author: Santoso Wijaya (santoso.wijaya) * Date: 2011-03-08 04:56
Attached a patch with test for this:

Following the suggestion, I put "tag", "text", "tail", and "attrib" to be accessible via tp_getset for _etree.Element type.
msg133747 - (view) Author: Santoso Wijaya (santoso.wijaya) * Date: 2011-04-14 16:53
Is this a right approach? I converted the hard-coded "attributes" into real, C-API attributes.
msg133751 - (view) Author: Arc Riley (ArcRiley) * Date: 2011-04-14 17:12
It looks right to me, but I would include more verbose pydoc strings.  

IE, "The tail attribute can be used to hold additional data associated with the element" tells me nothing.  You could explain here what .tail actually is, a few XML examples of what would be put in tail or what tail would become, and the API design reason why tail is used in addition to text.
msg194315 - (view) Author: Eli Bendersky (eli.bendersky) * (Python committer) Date: 2013-08-03 23:44
Could you please refresh the patch for Python 3.3 and 3.4 (_elementtree went through many changes in 3.3)?
msg255143 - (view) Author: Serhiy Storchaka (serhiy.storchaka) * (Python committer) Date: 2015-11-23 09:49
Here is a patch updated to 3.6.
msg255245 - (view) Author: Martin Panter (martin.panter) * (Python committer) Date: 2015-11-24 04:04
The patch looks technically good, though I’m not a big fan of the double underscores, like element_get__text(). Maybe element_text_getter() instead, because it has to match the “getter” signature?

Personally, I would say keep the doc strings basic. If you want to add more depth about “tail”, I suggest to keep it to the main RST documentation (which was updated fairly recently). But it would be good to quickly distinguish text and tail other than by name. Maybe:

{"text", ..., "A string of text directly after the start tag, or None"},
{"tail", ..., "A string of text directly after the end tag, or None"},
msg255344 - (view) Author: Roundup Robot (python-dev) (Python triager) Date: 2015-11-25 13:29
New changeset fef7f041c1a7 by Serhiy Storchaka in branch 'default':
Issue #7990: dir() on ElementTree.Element now lists properties: "tag",
msg255346 - (view) Author: Serhiy Storchaka (serhiy.storchaka) * (Python committer) Date: 2015-11-25 13:30
Thank you Martin. Committed with both your suggestions.
Date User Action Args
2022-04-11 14:56:58adminsetgithub: 52238
2015-11-25 13:30:41serhiy.storchakasetstatus: open -> closed
resolution: fixed
messages: + msg255346

stage: patch review -> resolved
2015-11-25 13:29:21python-devsetnosy: + python-dev
messages: + msg255344
2015-11-24 04:04:50martin.pantersetnosy: + martin.panter
messages: + msg255245
2015-11-23 09:49:36serhiy.storchakasetassignee: serhiy.storchaka
2015-11-23 09:49:27serhiy.storchakasetfiles: + etree_attributes.patch
versions: + Python 3.6, - Python 3.3, Python 3.4
nosy: + serhiy.storchaka

messages: + msg255143
2013-08-04 01:53:50christian.heimessetnosy: + christian.heimes
2013-08-03 23:44:53eli.benderskysetmessages: + msg194315
2012-07-21 13:46:57floxsetassignee: effbot -> (no value)

nosy: + eli.bendersky
stage: needs patch -> patch review
2011-04-14 17:12:33ArcRileysetmessages: + msg133751
2011-04-14 16:53:36santoso.wijayasetmessages: + msg133747
2011-03-20 10:43:24santoso.wijayasetnosy: effbot, ArcRiley, flox, santoso.wijaya
versions: + Python 3.4, - Python 3.1, Python 2.7, Python 3.2
2011-03-08 04:56:47santoso.wijayasetnosy: effbot, ArcRiley, flox, santoso.wijaya
versions: + Python 3.1, Python 3.3
2011-03-08 04:56:29santoso.wijayasetfiles: + dir_elem_c.patch

nosy: + santoso.wijaya
messages: + msg130306

keywords: + patch
2010-02-23 15:48:04floxset
assignee: effbot
dependencies: + Update ElementTree with upstream changes
stage: needs patch
versions: + Python 2.7, Python 3.2, - Python 3.1
nosy: + effbot, flox
messages: + msg99929
priority: low
components: + Extension Modules, XML, - None
type: behavior -> enhancement
2010-02-22 16:36:02ArcRileycreate