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Convention-Based Syntactic Descriptions

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2 Author(s)
Toal, R. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng. & Comput. Sci., Loyola Marymount Univ., Los Angeles, CA, USA ; Smith, D.

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.

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Computer Science and Information Engineering, 2009 WRI World Congress on  (Volume:7 )

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March 31 2009-April 2 2009