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Re: [ddlm-group] Characterset of non-delimited strings insidecompound data items

While I have no particular objection to excluding the close brackets from
non-delimited strings, personally I think making easy use of flex a
criterion for the design of CIF2 is not a good idea. -- Herbert
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  Herbert J. Bernstein, Professor of Computer Science
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On Tue, 9 Nov 2010, James Hester wrote:

> Dear DDLm group,
>
> John Bollinger has alerted me to a glitch in the current DDLm
> specification, to wit: (i) close bracket characters are allowed as
> non-final characters in a non-delimited string, and (ii) there is no
> requirement for whitespace between a datavalue and the close bracket
> symbol that denotes the end of a table or list value.
>
> This means that, in order to decide whether a close bracket character
> terminates a list or is just another character in the non-delimited
> string, the parser must look ahead, potentially many levels of
> nesting.  For example:
>
> _t            [outer [inner1 inner2]]
>
>
> The parser does not know that the first close bracket closes the inner
> list until it has read past the second close bracket.   Or even more
> confusingly:
>
> _t            [ depth_1 [ depth_2 [ depth_3 x=a1[a2[a3[a4[i]]]];]]]
>
>
> While this behaviour is not intractable, it is also not possible to
> use simple lexing tools (e.g. flex) to handle such syntax.  I would
> therefore like to propose the following change to the current draft
> specification:
>
> "The characters ']' and '}' may not appear anywhere in a non-delimited
> datavalue"
>
> James.
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