I was going thrrough the Searcher api and came across this.
I was curious about the following line: "Note that there might be more than one Reject between two Matches, there is no requirement for them to be combined into one."
My confusion is this: if there are >1 Rejects between two Matches, what would that be ? In other words, the enum SearchStep contains only two variants: Match and Reject. In case a specific span in between two Matches is not a Reject, which is indicated by >1 Rejects, is there any state that specific span could occupy other than a Match ?
Ok. Thanks for your reply. I think I have understood it. I think the wordings are a bit nuanced, and correct.
I was assuming that the results of each next call would produce contiguous spans. That assumption is not correct. That is the only possible explanation. In other words, the start and end points of the spans m1, m2... need not be contiguous. They can jumping all around, depending on the algorithm in use. For a normal case, like Boyer Moore, or KMP, it's quite likely that they would be contiguous. However, the specs are a bit more generic than that, which is great !