boost regular expression library
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The TextTransformer uses the regular expression library of Dr John Maddock at http://www.boost.org, which is a part of the whole boost library. The syntax of the expression is the same as described there as POSIX-Extended Regular Expression Syntax.
The boost regular expressions can be modified by flags. With two exceptions the default flags ( = extended) are kept.
const tt_syntax_option_type _boost_regex_normal =
The flag "no_escape_in_lists" is negated. So a backslash has to be put in front of itself inside of the definition of a character set.
The flag "collate" is negated, to be able to define character sets in the order, by which the characters are listed in the ANSI-table.
The flag "extended" specifies that the grammar recognized by the regular expression engine is the same as that used by POSIX extended regular expressions in IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX ), Base Definitions and Headers, Section 9, Regular Expressions (FWD.1).
When the expression is compiled as a POSIX-compatible regex then the matching algorithms will match the first possible matching string, if more than one string starting at a given location can match then it matches the longest possible string.
This matching algorithm is essential for the TextTransformer. So unfortunately non-greedy repeats and look-ahead asserts aren't supported. Backreferences aren't disabled explicitely, but normally they will not work correctly, as the enumeration of subexpressions is moved in SKIP-expressions. Backreferences have to be avoided.
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