I'd like to use
[[:symbol:]]+ in a regular expression but this does not exist in Emacs, see ad-hoc section in
Q1: what is the rationale behind this? I'm always happy to understand the design decisions that gave us the beautiful beast that is emacs.
Q2: is there something that works like
[:symbol:] would? At the moment I use ugly handmade regexes like
[[:word:]_+=], listing just a few specific symbols that I know will occur in my application.