[whatwg] Web Forms 2.0 Substantial - Section 2

Malcolm Rowe malcolm-what at farside.org.uk
Tue Jun 22 13:27:03 PDT 2004

fantasai wrote:
> hehehe. What is the empty string supposed to do if you use it as a
> regex pattern in ECMA?

Per ECMA-262 et seq, you're right, I think; an empty regexp 
matches any string.

 > http://www.jacobsm.com/regexp.htm seems to say "match anything", so
 > you could define the empty string as being the pattern "" without the
 > ^$ bit.

Note that, in contrast, the production '^$' matches only *empty* inputs. 
What do we want pattern="" to mean - match empty inputs, or match any 
input? I'd tend to the former.


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