/\1/ could be a valid RegExp through Chapter 16 Extension clause?

Lasse Reichstein reichsteinatwork at gmail.com
Thu Jul 7 14:40:47 PDT 2011

On Thu, 07 Jul 2011 21:17:17 +0200, Mike Samuel <mikesamuel at gmail.com>  

> One way to tell whether the group initialized to empty works on an
> interpreter is to test
>     /^(?:\1x(y)x){2}$/.test("xyxyxyx")
> which is true in most interpreters, but false in Rhino1.7 and Chrome12.

I do believe it should be false. The captures are cleared for each  
of a quantified atom (RepeatMatcher in section, step 4), so the  
\1 will
always be non-participating (and match the empty string).

> Interestingly other perl 5 interpreters

I don't think ES RegExps should count as a PCRE :)

Lasse Reichstein Holst Nielsen - reichsteinatwork at gmail.com

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