On Thu, 13 Jul 2000, Stephen Harrison wrote:
> Curtis Maloney wrote:
> [snip]
> > Well, here's the details:
> >
> > /
> >  standard_html_header
> >  register
> > /internal/
> >         standard_html_header
> >
> > register works fine if invoked as  /register
> > however, it spits the dummy if invoked as /internal/register
> > Complaining loudly about TypeError: too many arguments; expected 2, got 3
> > in standard_html_header.
> Is register a method, or a document?  If it is a method the when you

It is a document.

> call /internal/register you are calling the object internal with the
> method register, so when it looks for standard_html_header it will first
> look in internal, before doing the acquisition thing.  So it finds
> internal/standard_html_header.  If it is a document, then you are
> calling the object /register, in the context of internal, but the
> containment of / so you get /standard_html_header.
Yes, well.. This is what I worked out from the Acquisition Algebra tute, and 
from MP, but this is not what the actions of the site suggest.  When I 
modified /internal/standard_html_header, the actions of register as 
/internal/register changed.  This is what has me so confused.

That, and the fact the page give an error at all, when it works frine as 

> In algebra terms, if register is a method, you have
> (internal o /)
> but if register is a document (or folder, or other object) you have
> ((register o /) o (internal o /))
> This is how acquisition (simple acquisition) behaves.
> Of course, I am strongly of the opinion that this method of acquisition
> is of very limited use and zope should really use natural acquisition
> (see http://www.zope.org/Wikis/zope-dev/AcquisitionUsage for a
> definition).
> As it is, in order to achieve the result described above you have to
> carefully construct your site in order to work around the problems with
> acquisition, which really isn't the way we should be doing things.

Well, it just so happens this is what I'm doing next.  (o8
I was handed this site to "fix", which has taken a lot of work.  However, 
rewriting it properly would have taken longer, and the project was already 

> Sorry to go on about this, but as time passes I am becomming more and
> more convinced that the method of acquisition needs to change from
> containment before context to context before containment.
Rant away, please.  I believe it can be a great way to provoke ideas in other 
people.  Besides, if we never complained, how would they know there was a 
problem? (o8

> I have yet to think of any advantages provided by the current method,
> but I would be more than happy to hear of any.
> Cheers,
> Stephen

Thanks for trying,

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