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L23) What is the BETA lexem syntax?




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L23) What is the BETA lexem syntax?

The different lexems in the BETA language grammar (names, strings, and
numbers) are not precisely defined in any of the available documents. We
will therefore here give the definition:

<NameAppl> =    <NameDecl>
<NameDecl> =    (<letter>|"_")+(<digit>|<letter>|"_")*

<String>   =    "'"<char>*"'"
           where <char> can be any char except "'" and newline.
                        "'" are allowed in <String>, iff preceeded with "\".
                        "\n", "\t", etc. are allowed in <String> to
                        represent non-printable chars - see Compiler
                        manual (mia91-02) for details.

<Const>   =     (<int>|<based>|<real>) where
        <int>      = <digit>+
        <based>    = <int>("X"|"x")<basedNum>
        <basedNum> = (<digit>|<letter>)+
        <real>     = <int>["."<int>][("E"|"e")[("+"|"-")]<int>]

<letter>  =     "a"|"b"|...|"z"|"A"|"B"|...|"Z"
<digit>   =     "1"|"2"|...|"9"|"0"

The usage of |, +, *, (...), and [...] conform to standard regular
expressions syntax.

 

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