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[Bug 5348] [FO] Back-references: "sufficiently many"

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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2009 20:32:48 +0000
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--- Comment #7 from Michael Kay <mike@saxonica.com>  2009-03-23 20:32:48 ---
>The way this is worded seems to imply that at most 99 backreferences are
allowed. Is this the intent?

No, this wasn't the intent. NN was intended as a convenient variable-name
representing a number of two or more digits. I think if there were a
restriction to two digits, we would not rely on this choice of variable-name to
say so.

>The problem with making \11 illegal

Yes, whoever designed this syntax deserves to be shot. But we made a policy
decision to be compatible with Perl, warts and all.

Michael Kay
(personal response)

P.S. This bug is marked CLOSED. If you feel there is an issue that the WG needs
to address, please either re-open the bug or open a new one. CLOSED bugs don't
get onto the agenda.

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