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2 Author(s)
Lunney, T.F. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Queen''s Univ., Belfast, UK ; Perrott, R.H.

The conventional approach to the construction of a program is to view it as a sequence of characters. However, it is now becoming more meaningful to perceive and develop a program in terms of its inherent syntactic structure. The paper introduces the topic of syntax-directed editing in general and then considers some of the problems and design decisions that are encountered when implementing a syntax-directed system. An overview of a range of structure-oriented editors exhibiting varying degrees of syntax direction is also included

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Software Engineering Journal  (Volume:3 ,  Issue: 2 )