This PEP describes the Python 1.6 release schedule. The CVS
revision history of this file contains the definitive historical
This release will be produced by BeOpen PythonLabs staff for the
Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI).
August 1 1.6 beta 1 release (planned).
August 3 1.6 beta 1 release (actual).
August 15 1.6 final release (planned).
September 5 1.6 final release (actual).
A number of features are required for Python 1.6 in order to
fulfill the various promises that have been made. The following
are required to be fully operational, documented, and forward
compatible with the plans for Python 2.0:
* Unicode support: The Unicode object defined for Python 2.0 must
be provided, including all methods and codec support.
* SRE: Fredrik Lundh's new regular expression engine will be used
to provide support for both 8-bit strings and Unicode strings.
It must pass the regression test used for the pcre-based version
of the re module.
* The curses module was in the middle of a transformation to a
package, so the final form was adopted.
The release will be created as a branch from the development tree
rooted at CNRI's close of business on 16 May 2000. Patches
required from more recent checkins will be merged in by moving the
branch tag on individual files whenever possible in order to
reduce mailing list clutter and avoid divergent and incompatible
The branch tag is "cnri-16-start".
Patches and features will be merged to the extent required to pass
regression tests in effect on 16 May 2000.
The beta release is tagged "r16b1" in the CVS repository, and the
final Python 1.6 release is tagged "release16" in the repository.
This document has been placed in the public domain.