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August 16, 2006 14:57
[svn:perl6-synopsis] r11047 - doc/trunk/design/syn
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Author: larry
Date: Wed Aug 16 14:57:15 2006
New Revision: 11047


Clarification of intented use of the word "regex", suggested by dduncan++.

Modified: doc/trunk/design/syn/S05.pod
--- doc/trunk/design/syn/S05.pod	(original)
+++ doc/trunk/design/syn/S05.pod	Wed Aug 16 14:57:15 2006
@@ -14,14 +14,19 @@
    Maintainer: Patrick Michaud <> and
                Larry Wall <>
    Date: 24 Jun 2002
-   Last Modified: 2 Aug 2006
+   Last Modified: 16 Aug 2006
    Number: 5
-   Version: 31
+   Version: 32
 This document summarizes Apocalypse 5, which is about the new regex
-syntax.  We now try to call them I<regex> because they haven't been
-regular expressions for a long time.  When referring to their use in
-a grammar, the term I<rule> is preferred.
+syntax.  We now try to call them I<regex> rather than "regular
+expressions" because they haven't been regular expressions for a
+long time, and we think the popular term "regex" is in the process of
+becoming a technical term with a precise meaning of: "something you do
+pattern matching with, kinda like a regular expression".
+In any case, when referring to recursive patterns within a grammar,
+the terms I<rule> and I<token> are generally preferred.
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