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Re: RFC: deprecate literal \v in patterns except under /x; /[#]/xx

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Sawyer X
January 1, 2018 09:56
Re: RFC: deprecate literal \v in patterns except under /x; /[#]/xx
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On 12/31/2017 10:31 PM, Karl Williamson wrote:
> I am proposing two deprecations
> First, using literal vertical space, such as a form feed or new line,
> in a regular expression pattern unless that pattern is /x.  My guess
> is that this is extremely uncommon, and that just about all such
> occurrences would be from forgetting the /x.  So deprecating this
> should affect hardly anyone.  The reason I believe it is uncommon is
> that when displayed the pattern would look something like this:
>     abc
>            def
> or the def would overwrite the abc if the vertical space is a carriage
> return.  If it is a newline, the def would appear under the abc, and
> that might look ok.  I haven't come up with a way to grep cpan for
> this that doesn't have false positive /x uses.
> The reason I want to do this is to detect and warn on instances like
> this, and where the programmer forgot that '#' starts a comment.  This
> deprecation will be helpful in that regard.
> Second, in order to make the new /xx modifier more useful (and yes,
> this should have been made experimental) I want to deprecate '#'
> occurring in a bracketed character class.  At a later date, given the
> first deprecation as well, we could allow [...] to be split across
> lines with comments about each component.

I couldn't follow whether these two are related.

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