[Python-Dev] Unicode re support in Python 3

Bill Janssen janssen at parc.com
Fri Dec 9 18:47:11 CET 2011

Michael Foord <fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk> wrote:

> Hey python-devers,
> As I'm sure many of you are aware, Armin Ronacher posted a blog entry
> explaining the reasons he dislikes Python 3 in its current form.
> Whilst I don't agree with all of his complaints, he makes a fair point
> about the re module Unicode support. It seems that the specific issue
> he has could be fixed by accepting the re module improvement /
> overhaul implemented by mrab:
> 	http://bugs.python.org/issue2636
> As it comes with an active maintainer, and is a big step forward for
> Python regex support, I'd like to see it in Python 3.3. Reading
> through the issue it's not clear to me what needs to be done for it to
> be accepted (or rejected), beyond a general "it's a big change".

I've been using mrab's regex daily for about six months, and have found
it stable and useful.  It now includes two features which are both
unusual and useful (very Pythonic!), named lists and fuzzy matching.


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