Could you clarify to me your answer to this question?
Olli Savolai
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Or, in attempting to make Regex easier, you will end up re-creating a poor approximation of Regex and end up just making it more complicated.

You are not the first to attempt this task and likely won’t be the last. After decades of watching these attempts, I have come to the conclusion that Regex represents irreducible complexity. That is to say it is complex, but it is the minimum amount of complexity necessary to accomplish its task. Attempts to further reduce complexity either reduce it’s efficiency and efficacy, or else add unintended complexity.

I believe efforts would be better spent finding new ways of teaching and learning Regex and making it more approachable to newcomers vs. trying to change Regex itself.

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