Larry Wall wrote:
Seems so to me too. I don't see much downside to \. as a long dot.
The only remaining problem that I see for the long dot is largely
orthogonal to the selection of the first and last characters - namely,
that your only choice for filler is whitespace. Although the C<\.>
option opens an intriguing possibility of defining the long dot
pattern as "backslash, dot or whitespace (repeated zero or more