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On 11/27/2013 02:32 PM, Alex Shinn wrote: > I repeat, if the only reason people want this is because > they think someone _else_ might want it, it's just cluttering > the spec. I prefer the long names. I use regular expressions sparingly, so I've never internalized the meaning of the symbols, so I can only read REs by looking up the meaning of each individual symbol, which is tedious, so I would rather be able to write REs with self-explanatory operators, even at the cost of verbosity. As stated I use REs sparingly though, so my use case might not be the one to optimize for. Kevin Wortman