[Mailman-Users] MM-2.1.12 Bug (non critical)
barry at list.org
Fri May 15 21:51:25 CEST 2009
On May 15, 2009, at 2:48 PM, Carl Zwanzig wrote:
> I've run into this with countless applications- the programmer uses
> a regexp since it's so powerful, but the user expects to enter
> "zba*" and get everything starting with "zba". Ditto on not finding
> something you can see in a listing. Remember that while many list
> admins are either programmers or system managers, many are just
> users, and wouldn't know a regexp if it bit them.
> IMHO, some options (in order of my desirability)...
> radio buttons to select regexp or glob behavior (default to glob?)
> text around the box that says "it's a regexp"
> make the search use a glob
I tend to agree that "normal" users think of globs instead of
regexps. Unfortunately, there's no good non-filesystem glob module in
Python that I know of. Ideally, there'd be a module that translates
globs to regexps. That might not be too hard.
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