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Re: [ddlm-group] THREAD 3: The alphabet of non-delimited strings.

On 12/10/09 11:33 PM, "James Hester" <jamesrhester@gmail.com> wrote:

> (Prepared before Nick's latest emails)
> Point of clarification: when I stated that tokens would always be
> separated by whitespace, I did not have in mind the contents of
> bracketed constructs; for the purposes of this discussion I consider
> that the whole bracketed construct is a single token (which is
> obviously a simplification).  I'm not sure in which sense Brian
> understood this condition.  So to answer Herbert's question:
> 2.  When writing any quoted construct, we would always follow
> the tailing quote with whitespace.
> Thus in writing a bracketed series of quoted strings, we would
> follow each trailing quote with a space before the comma or
> close bracket, but on read would accept a comma coming
> immediately after the close quote.
> Is that correct?
> No: I had in mind that spaces would have to follow quoted constructs
> only for quoted constructs outside brackets.  Inside brackets, a comma
> or close bracket could also directly follow quoted constructs (and
> unquoted constructs).  Incidentally, I don't understand the need to
> distinguish between reading and writing.

This is the point I have been making the whole time. The trailing space is
unnecessary, but if you insist on it, then what Herb has said is correct.
Unless you create a second production rule or grammar rule for exactly the
same thing, but for when it is in a compound or not. By eliminating the
demand for a trailing whitespace you have only ONE rule per object
irrespective of whether it is in a compound or not.

I think we have agreed that in the specification the token is all that is
necessary, and there is no insistence on whitespace (not withstanding that
writers are expected to pad).



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