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[Python-Dev] Is XML serialization output guaranteed to be bytewise identical forever?

19.03.19 13:53, Ned Batchelder ????:
> Option 4 is misleading.? Is anyone here really offering to "fix the 
> tests in third-party modules"?? Option 4 is actually, "do nothing, and 
> let a multitude of projects figure out how to fix their tests, slowing 
> progress in those projects as they try to support Python 3.8."

Any option except option 1 (and option 2 with sorting by default) 
requires changing third-party code. You should either pass additional 
argument to serialization functions, or use special canonization functions.

We should look at the problem from long perspective. Freezing the 
current behavior forever does not look good. If we need to break the 
user code, we should minimize the harm and provide convenient tools for 
reproducing the current behavior. And this is an opportunity to rewrite 
user tests in more appropriate form. In your case textual comparison may 
be the most appropriate form, but this may be not so in other cases.

> Now in Python 3.8, because Python doesn't want to add an 
> optional flag to continue doing what it has always done, I need to 
> re-engineer my tests.

Please wait yet some time. I hope to add canonicalization before the 
first beta.