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On Thu, Jul 16, 2015 at 6:17 PM, Soni L. <> wrote:
> On 16/07/15 05:44 PM, Jonathan Goble wrote:
>> On Thu, Jul 16, 2015 at 4:36 PM, Rena <> wrote:
>>> On Jul 16, 2015 6:04 AM, "John Hind" <> wrote:
>>>> New character classes are unlikely to break existing code.
>>> Except code that builds patterns from user input and escapes it like
>>> gsub(s,
>>> "%W", "%%1").
>> Solution: forget %^ and %$ completely and use %b (beginning) and %e
>> (end) instead. Neither of those letters are currently in use for
>> character classes, so nothing would break, and the letters would be
>> easy to remember.
> %b is already in use, actually, but for %b() or %b[] or %b`'
> See "Pattern Item":

Oops, I forgot about that because I never use it, and I didn't scroll
down to the "pattern item" section. Duh.

So just use something else (though I don't know what to suggest). The
main point is to use letters instead of punctuation to avoid breaking
existing code.