From: Mike (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Sep 25 2007 - 13:38:48 CDT
> Having named character sequences in \N is an interesting idea. Would you
> mind proposing that to the UTC using the online form? (That's the way to
> raise issues to the UTC's attention.)
> BTW, Andy and I concluded that the really effective way to do canonical
> equivalence in regex would be in a mode where grapheme cluster is the
> unit, not code point.
I'm starting to think that we may need to support both modes.
> On the comment on "feasible" -- I think the reference there was to
> language/locale-sensitive regex. That involves a few things which are
> quite tricky, and are thus listed under Level 3 in UTS#18.
> * sensitivity: "aa" matches a-ring in Danish
> * language-sensitive ordering ranges: [a-z] doesn't include o-slash
> in Danish
> * language-sensitive grapheme clusters: a dot matches "ch" in Slovak
> * ...
> Few implementations try to handle locale-sensitivity except for POSIX
> (and that has significant problems in it). I wouldn't say that they are
> infeasible, but they are tricky.
Lots of programming problems are tricky. If I just gave up every
time I ran into a tricky problem, my software wouldn't be very
Being able to match grapheme clusters in regular expressions is
a requirement for level 2 conformance, so I'm just trying to be
compliant here. If I can also figure out how to make "." match
the grapheme clusters a user specifies, such as "ch", what is
wrong with that?
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