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- Subject: Re: Patterns: Why are anchors not character classes?
- From: Tom N Harris <whoopdedo@...>
- Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 15:26:37 -0400
On Saturday, July 18, 2015 02:45:18 PM Rena wrote:
> Well, regardless of whether it's classified as a character class or a set
> or a special case or a fruit or a vegetable, I've many times wished I could
> write a pattern such as "[ ^]%w+[ $]" (match one or more word characters
> bounded by either a space or the start/end of a string). Though ^ already
> has a meaning there...
No regex-like implementation I know of works like that, though. I'd write "(^|
)%w+($| )". Lua doesn't have the alternation operator however. Is that what's
really being asked for? But disguised as a discussion about character classes.