Hi, Zagy and I are trying to make z3c.form compatible with sources. We had to investigate zope.schema for that and found the mess of vocabularies and sources that is still around.
Here are some facts we found: - The Choice field has an attribute `vocabulary` which it says to be an 'IBaseVocabulary' object. - Reading the code of the choice field turns out that the actual contract is an 'ISource'. - Most client code working against the `vocabulary` attribute actually assumes it to be an IIterableVocabulary. - The vocabulary code is badly entangled and mixes up concepts that sources get right. - Widgets for the choice field have to react differently to sources and vocabularies. We think: - The contract for the `vocabulary` attribute should be ISource. - Client code (e.g. a widget) should adapt the generic source it gets to a more specific and richer interface like IIterableSource. - Widgets for the choice field shouldn't have to care for two different things that the source could be. - Vocabularies ought to die. Conclusion: We'd love to remove all traces of vocabularies from zope.schema and it more clear how to use sources. As deprecation has fallen out of favor, we wonder how to get rid of vocabularies. We definitely do not want to fork zope.schema. Would a sufficiently newer version (3.5, 4?) rectify breaking something in this way? I estimate that providing BBB is going to be a real pain. :/ Christian -- gocept gmbh & co. kg - forsterstrasse 29 - 06112 halle/saale - germany www.gocept.com - [EMAIL PROTECTED] - phone +49 345 122 9889 7 - fax +49 345 122 9889 1 - zope and plone consulting and development
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