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26.2.3. Properties in new-style classes: Fine-grained attribute access control

The outline of attribute access in Section 26.2.2, “Attribute access control in new-style classes” is slightly oversimplified in one respect. Any of the attribute search steps in this procedure may produce a property rather than the actual attribute value.

A property is a special object that is produced by the property() function. For a discussion of the three types of attribute access (get, set, and delete), the protocols for the accessor functions, and examples, see Section 21.15, “property(): Create an access-controlled attribute”.