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

Brendan Eich brendan at mozilla.com
Thu Jul 7 14:46:59 PDT 2011

On Jul 7, 2011, at 2:40 PM, Lasse Reichstein wrote:

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

+1 (and I'm the guy who copied perl4 in the pre-ES3 cowpath treading exercise that led to the ES3 paving of RegExp's cowpath; I even apprised lwall of the plan, saying it would lead to an ISO standard -- he turned three shades of green ;-)


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