[Python-Dev] Re: A standard lexer?

Paul Prescod paul@prescod.net
Sun, 02 Jul 2000 11:38:54 -0500

Fredrik Lundh wrote:
> - add a new primitive to SRE: (?P#n), where n is a small integer.
>   this primitive sets the match object's "index" variable to n when
>   the engine stumbles upon it.

How about an interned string instead?
> - given a list of "phrases", combine them into a single regular
>   expression like this:
>         (?:phrase1(?P#1))|(?:phrase2(?P#2))|...

Will sre do anything about optimizing common prefixes and so forth?

Overall, I like your proposal.

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