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2009 WRI World Congress on Computer Science and Information Engineering
Convention-Based Syntactic Descriptions
Los Angeles, California USA
March 31-April 02
ISBN: 978-0-7695-3507-4
This paper introduces a formalism for the syntactic description of programming languages. While our work clearly borrows from existing, well-known formalisms such as EBNF, its primary contribution is to provide a notation that can serve both as a concise, formal linguistic description as well as input to a parser generator. This is achieved through the use of notational conventions in place of excessive markup. These conventions are fully defined and enable a syntax to remain concise without relying on informal descriptions. Benefits of the notation include a clear separation of microsyntax and macrosyntax — a trait curiously lacking from many published programming language standards. We also provide a description of the formalism using its own notation.
Index Terms:
Syntax, Parsing
Ray Toal, Derek Smith, "Convention-Based Syntactic Descriptions," csie, vol. 7, pp.797-801, 2009 WRI World Congress on Computer Science and Information Engineering, 2009
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