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Re: Unquoted special characters in regexps

From: Luc Teirlinck
Subject: Re: Unquoted special characters in regexps
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2006 16:41:15 -0600 (CST)

Martin Rudalics wrote:

    > To give a less technical answer than in my previous response, an
    > _unquoted_ ", followed by a bunch non-newline whitespace or commas.

   (string-match "[^\\]\\(\\([\\][\\]\\)*\\)\"[ \t,]*" "\" ,") => nil

Less technical means more potential for ambiguity.  Of course the
regexp does _not_ match "\" ,", because that would not guarantee that
the " it found is unquoted.  Apparently, point is at the beginning of
a string and the regexp searches for the ending unquoted " by
searching, as I said in my previous message, for something that is
_not_ a backslash, then an even number of backslashes, then a ", then
a bunch of non-newline whitespace or commas.  Apparently, the code
relies on the assumption that the string does not consist of _only_

ELISP> (string-match "[^\\]\\(\\([\\][\\]\\)*\\)\"[ \t,]*" "012\" ,")



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