+ :synopsis: Abstract Syntax Tree classes.
+.. sectionauthor:: Martin v. Löwis <email@example.com>
+The ``_ast`` module helps Python applications to process trees of the Python
+abstract syntax grammar. The Python compiler currently provides read-only access
+to such trees, meaning that applications can only create a tree for a given
+piece of Python source code; generating byte code from a (potentially modified)
+tree is not supported. The abstract syntax itself might change with each Python
+release; this module helps to find out programmatically what the current grammar
+An abstract syntax tree can be generated by passing ``_ast.PyCF_ONLY_AST`` as a
+flag to the :func:`compile` builtin function. The result will be a tree of
+objects whose classes all inherit from ``_ast.AST``.
+The actual classes are derived from the ``Parser/Python.asdl`` file, which is
+reproduced below. There is one class defined for each left-hand side symbol in
+the abstract grammar (for example, ``_ast.stmt`` or ``_ast.expr``). In addition,
+there is one class defined for each constructor on the right-hand side; these
+classes inherit from the classes for the left-hand side trees. For example,
+``_ast.BinOp`` inherits from ``_ast.expr``. For production rules with
+alternatives (aka "sums"), the left-hand side class is abstract: only instances
+of specific constructor nodes are ever created.
+Each concrete class has an attribute ``_fields`` which gives the names of all
+Each instance of a concrete class has one attribute for each child node, of the
+type as defined in the grammar. For example, ``_ast.BinOp`` instances have an
+attribute ``left`` of type ``_ast.expr``. Instances of ``_ast.expr`` and
+``_ast.stmt`` subclasses also have lineno and col_offset attributes. The lineno
+is the line number of source text (1 indexed so the first line is line 1) and
+the col_offset is the utf8 byte offset of the first token that generated the
+node. The utf8 offset is recorded because the parser uses utf8 internally.
+If these attributes are marked as optional in the grammar (using a question
+mark), the value might be ``None``. If the attributes can have zero-or-more
+values (marked with an asterisk), the values are represented as Python lists.
+The module defines a string constant ``__version__`` which is the decimal
+subversion revision number of the file shown below.
+The abstract grammar is currently defined as follows:
+.. literalinclude:: ../../Parser/Python.asdl