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as well as an argument of the following functions
for searching and testing character strings. The classes
permit object-oriented use of regular expressions.
A regular expression r is made up of literal characters and special characters in accordance with the syntax of regular expressions and represents a set of character strings. If text is a character string represented by r, we say that r matches text or that r fits text. Two (different) regular expressions match if they fit the same set of character strings.
If you apply a regular expression to a character string text as a search string, then you are searching for matches of the regular expression with substrings of text. In this case, special characters in the regular expression do not match characters, but instead match positions, thus influencing the type and number of occurrences. When you test character strings, you are checking whether the full content matches a pattern.
This software uses the Boost.Regex Library. Copyright (c) 1998-2004 Dr. John Maddock.