Daniel Gordon thinks this is interesting: The syntax is ‹(?>⋯)› From 2.14. Eliminate Needless Backtracking from Regular Expressions Cookbook, 2nd Edition by Steven Levithan, Jan Goyvaerts Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc. Released: August 2012 Note An 'atomic group' Share this highlight http://www.safaribooksonline.com/a/regular-expressions-cookbook/5547840/ Twitter Facebook Google Plus Email Get Instant Access Now Start a Free Trial Have an account? Sign in. Minimise Unlock the rest of Regular Expressions Cookbook, 2nd Edition and 30,000 other books and videos By clicking this box, you confirm that you have read and agree to the terms and conditions of our Membership Agreement, and you understand that when your trial period ends, you will be required to provide billing information if you wish to continue using the service. Unlock the rest of this book Start a Free 10-Day Trial loading Learn about Safari for Business Have an account? Sign in.