"Once absolute imports are the default, import string will always find
the standard library?s version."
Experimentally, it appears that modules in site-packages are also found
by absolute imports. I wouldn't consider site-packages to be part of
the "standard library". Can somebody give me a more precise description
of what absolute import does?
It also says, "This absolute-import behaviour will become the default in
a future version (probably Python 2.7)", but it appears that 2.7.6 is
still doing relative by default.