Author gdr@garethrees.org
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Date 2013-10-23.12:22:08
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The help text for the len() built-in function says:

    Return the number of items of a sequence or mapping.

This omits to mention that len() works on sets too. I suggest this be changed to:

    Return the number of items of a sequence, mapping, or set.

Similarly, the documentation for len() says:

    The argument may be a sequence (string, tuple or list) or a mapping (dictionary).

I suggest this be changed to

    The argument may be a sequence (string, tuple or list), a mapping (dictionary), or a set.

(Of course, strictly speaking, len() accepts any object with a __len__ method, but sequences, mappings and sets are the ones that are built-in to the Python core, and so these are the ones it is important to mention in the help and the documentation.)
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