I'm trying to implement a tokenizer for Haskell, it has a bit involved token structure that can be seen in code here:


In regexp-like terms it would be:


In human terms: a non-uppercase letter or underscore, followed by any numbers of letters, numbers, underscores, apostrophes followed by any number of modifier letters followed by any number of hashes.

How do I write a regexp in emacs lisp that uses Unicode General Categories as indicated above?

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    Seems like limited support for some Unicode general categories in regexps was added in Emacs 25 recently: debbugs.gnu.org/cgi/bugreport.cgi?bug=19878 Though it seems it's not possible to write an Emacs Lisp regexp matching all of the above categories.
    – legoscia
    Jul 7, 2015 at 17:32

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While a regexp based solution seems to be out of the question, you could write your own little matcher, using (get-char-code-property char 'general-category) and comparing it's result to the various Lx and Nx categories.

  • This is what I ended up doing. Jul 15, 2015 at 11:10

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