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>> > I may be wrong, but it seems that the two rules can be stated like that:
>> >
>> > 1) Do not match two empty strings in the same position. (current Lua rule)
>> >
>> > 2) Do not match an empty string in the same position of another match
>> > (not necessarily empty). (sed rule)
>> >
>> > Is rule 2 really more intuitive in general or it just happen to do what
>> > you want in this particular case?
>> It has the advantage of making `split` trivial instead of requiring the
>> sort of thing that takes the Lua Wiki 300 lines to explain.
> True, but that does not make it more intuitive; it makes it more useful
> in one particular case. Are there other scenarios where it is more (or
> less) useful?

Besides `sed`, there's also Python:

>>> import re
>>> re.subn(re.compile("a*"),"ITEM",";a;")

Many Lua users come from a background in which they know sed and Python.
That tends to influence what things they find intuitive.