[Doc-SIG] Re: [Python-Dev] Documentation inconsistency in re

Fredrik Lundh fredrik@pythonware.com
Fri, 6 Sep 2002 08:47:12 +0200

Christopher A. Craig wrote:

> >From the Library Reference (2.2.1):
> \b    Matches the empty string, but only at the beginning or end of a
>       word. A word is defined as a sequence of alphanumeric characters, so
>       the end of a word is indicated by whitespace or a non-alphanumeric
>       character. Inside a character range, \b represents the backspace
>       character, for compatibility with Python's string literals.

as you suspected, the documentation is flawed: \b is defined
in terms of \w and \W.