LATEX expects documents to be arranged in a conventional, hierarchical way, with chapters, sections, sub-sections, appendixes, and the like. These are marked using macros rather than environments, probably because the end of a section can be safely inferred when a section of equal or higher level starts.
There are six ``levels'' of sectioning in the document classes used for Python documentation, and the lowest two levels are not used. The levels are:
manualdocuments, as described in section 4, ``Document Classes.''
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