Regex for unicode letter characters

Steve Holden steve at
Sun Jan 11 15:59:21 CET 2009

MRAB wrote:
> Steve Holden wrote:
>> MRAB wrote:
>>> schickb wrote:
>>>> I need a regex that will match strings containing only unicode letter
>>>> characters (not including numeric or the _ character). I was surprised
>>>> to find the 're' module does not include a special character class for
>>>> this already (python 2.6). Or did I miss something?
>>>> It seems like this would be a very common need. Is the following the
>>>> only option to generate the character class (based on an old post by
>>>> Martin v. Löwis )?
>>> [snip]
>>> Basically, yes.
>>> The re module was last worked on in 2003 (remember it's all voluntary!).
>>> Such omissions should be addressed in Python 2.7.
>> By "should be" do you mean "ought to be (but I have no intention of
>> helping)", "are expected to be (but someone else will be doing the
>> work", "it's on my list and I am expecting to get finished in time for
>> 2.7 integration" or something else?
> The third one.

Well, that's good news. Let me know if you need help.

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