Author rhettinger
Recipients docs@python, eli.bendersky, jlaurens, ned.deily, rhettinger, scoder
Date 2015-04-30.06:38:16
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> this is well formed xml and has nothing to do with tail.

In fact, it does have something to do with tail.
The 'TEXT' is a captured as the tail of element b:

>>> root3 = ET.fromstring('<a><b/>TEXT</a>')
>>> root3[0].tail
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