The NumPy Fortran-ordering quiz

Tim Hochberg tim.hochberg at
Wed Oct 18 12:51:04 CDT 2006

One thing that may be confusing the issue is that, as I understand it, 
FORTRAN and CONTIGUOUS together represent three states which I'll call 
FORTRAN_ORDER, C_ORDER and DISCONTIGUOUS. I periodically wonder if it 
would be valuable to have a way to query the order directly: the result 
would be "C", "F" or None, just like the order keyword that is passed 
in. This might well eliminate sine confusion. However, 99% of the time 
the order just doesn't matter, so it's probably pointless.


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