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Author terry.reedy
Recipients bgailer, docs@python, terry.reedy
Date 2019-06-27.16:19:19
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I presume you are referring to 8.3 of the language reference
which has "the built-in function range()".  Types/classes *are* functions, which is why dist, list, range, etc are listed in "Built-in Functions" in the library reference.  But I agree that the more specific term should be used.

To me, the more severe problem is with the complete sentence.

"Hint: the built-in function range() returns an iterator of integers suitable to emulate the effect of Pascal’s for i := a to b do; e.g., list(range(3)) returns the list [0, 1, 2]."

The now obsolete definition of Python in terms of the now obscure Pascal should be deleted here and anywhere else such remains.  I think the whole sentence should just be deleted.  The whole paragraph and example could otherwise be improved.
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