If it is only ' and ", you don't necessarily have to capture:
That's unsightly enough that I would probably want to define it as a named subpattern using:
*sigh* I posted too quickly... each alternate pattern would need to be tested individually, I think:
if $string =~ m/(?(?=')'[^']|)
And even that simplifies to:
...so I'm sure the actual usage must be more complex. :) My apologies. heh.
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