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Re: repeating patterns

On Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 3:25 AM, Michael Montague <mikemon@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Why are there not text versions of the repeating patterns? Sequencing is seq or :. Should there be zero-or-once for ? and so on.

Historical reasons.  I'm presuming the original motivation
for seq was because : didn't exist in existing PCRE notation,
whereas *, +, ? etc. are already familiar.

I see no reason not to add readable variants of these though.