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Title: xid_start definition for Unicode identifiers refers to xid_continue
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Components: Documentation Versions: Python 3.6
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Created on 2017-04-21 14:27 by ralph.corderoy, last changed 2017-04-29 12:24 by xiang.zhang.

Messages (2)
msg292049 - (view) Author: Ralph Corderoy (ralph.corderoy) Date: 2017-04-21 14:27
https://docs.python.org/3/reference/lexical_analysis.html#identifiers has a grammar.

    identifier   ::=  xid_start xid_continue*
    id_start     ::=  <all characters in general categories Lu, Ll, Lt, Lm, Lo, Nl, the underscore, and characters with the Other_ID_Start property>
    id_continue  ::=  <all characters in id_start, plus characters in the categories Mn, Mc, Nd, Pc and others with the Other_ID_Continue property>
    xid_start    ::=  <all characters in id_start whose NFKC normalization is in "id_start xid_continue*">
    xid_continue ::=  <all characters in id_continue whose NFKC normalization is in "id_continue*">

I struggle to make sense of it unless I remove `xid_continue*' from `xid_start's definition.
I suspect it ended up there due to cut and paste.
msg292592 - (view) Author: Xiang Zhang (xiang.zhang) * (Python committer) Date: 2017-04-29 12:24
Quoting from PEP3131:

XID_Start then closes this set under normalization, by removing all characters whose NFKC normalization is not of the form ID_Start ID_Continue* anymore.
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