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Re: [ddlm-group] Summary of proposed CIF syntax changes

On Sat, Dec 5, 2009 at 9:45 AM, Joe Krahn <krahn@niehs.nih.gov> wrote:
Semicolon and triple-quote strings do not emphasize that they cannot
contain embedded close-quotes, as done for single quotes.

That is, they cannot contain embedded triple quotes/embedded newline-semicolons.

In change 9, this sentence is hard to understand: "That does NOT require
that whitespace is necessary between the beginning of one token and the
beginning of the next token...". the main problem is that "token" is not
defined. I the example "[[1 2 3] [4 5 6]]" does each inner list count as
a token when parsing the outer list, and the initial '[' does not? Maybe
describe it as: whitespace is required between all values within a list
or table, but not between the values and the begin/end token.

Was it decided that "[[1 2 3][4 5 6]]" is not allowed?

Yes, we were looking for a concise expression that encompassed the following cases:

1. [[1 2 3][4 5 6]] is allowed and is equivalent to [ [ 1 2 3 ] [ 4 5 6 ] ]
2. [abc[1 2 3]qef] is allowed and is equivalent to [ abc [ 1 2 3 ] qef ]
3. [ "abc""qef" ] is not allowed

Perhaps someone can suggest a better formulation?

It is not clear whether white space is allowed adjacent to the
associative colon.

The plan was to disallow it for simplicity, although the parsing would be unambiguous even if whitespace were present

Why does the associative index require quotes? Are there any
restrictions on the string index such as maximum length, or whether it
can contain multiple lines? Is matching case sensitive?

No restrictions on length, multiple lines possible, case sensitive matching. Requirement of quotes for simplicity - should we drop this?

Also, the "smart quotes" in the PDF should be fixed to be normal ASCII.

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