Matching multiple unicode characters in Golang Regexp

As a simplified example, I want to get ^⬛+$ matched against ⬛⬛⬛ to yield a find match of ⬛⬛⬛.

    r := regexp.MustCompile("^⬛+$")
    matches := r.FindString("⬛️⬛️⬛️")

But it doesn’t match successfully even though this would work with regular ASCII characters.

I’m guessing there’s something I don’t know about Unicode matching, but I haven’t found any decent explanation in documentation yet.

Can someone explain the problem?

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>Solution :

The regular expression matches a string containing one or more ⬛ (black square box).

The subject string is three pairs of black square box and variation selector-16. The variation selectors are invisible (on my terminal) and prevent a match.

Fix by removing the variation selectors from the subject string or adding the variation selector to the pattern.

Here’s the first fix:

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