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throwaway at gmontague.co.uk throwaway at gmontague.co.uk
Mon Dec 22 18:33:40 CST 2003

..and of course, just as I reply I find the solution.

To make a back reference followed by a literal number in php you explicity
var-quote the number of the back ref but not the '$'.
back ref 1 followed by 12 is
back ref 11 followed by 2 is

Seems counter intuitive to me but there's probably a good reason for it.

Thanks for reading my ramblings,

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