Unclear about verbose regex syntax (excaping whitespace)

Roy Smith roy at panix.com
Tue Jan 10 11:49:43 EST 2012

The docs for re.VERBOSE say, "Whitespace within the pattern is ignored, except when [...] preceded by an unescaped backslash".  It's unclear exactly what that means.  If my pattern is:


is the second space considered to be preceded by a backslash, and thus taken literally, or does the backslash only apply to the first <space>?  I suspect the latter, but it's somewhat ambiguous.

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