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Re^3: Capturing parenthesis and grouping square brackets
in thread Capturing parenthesis and grouping square brackets
You're certainly right about the fact that my difficulty to find something wrong with this feature speaks for itself. And I actually realized that were there other cases where using parenthesis might be significant (like in a token when you don't know what's in the upper level rules), named captures would make an easy way out.
So from my humble point of view, it is a non-issue. The over-riding principle should be that change involves costs and should be avoided unless the benefits significantly outweight these costs.
I'm not going to argue with that, the answers I received helped me see some of the aspects of the matter I might not have grasped on my own, and I do see now that this is indeed little trouble. I can go back to my regexes and be content to not only know how they work, but why it's OK that they work like that :)