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On 2/4/99 at 2:23 PM -0500, Keith Moore wrote:
I think not. I was working from the syntax in DRUMS (admittedly my
version was dated March 1998, so it may be different now). The
syntax I have gives:
atom = [CFWS] 1*atext [CFWS]
so "foo" and "bar" are atoms (the CFWS is optional).
This probably points to a need for a clarification in DRUMS -
an atom is intended to be the entire contiguous sequence of
so "foobar" is a phrase consisting of two words side-by-side, as
allowed by the syntax. It can also be legitimately parsed in many
other ways, of course.
this may be allowed by the grammar, but was not intended.
It was not intended. Back in draft -05, there was a sentence in the
syntax discussion of the atom definition that said "Two atoms have to
be separated by some other token, since putting two atoms next to
each other would create a single atom." It was pointed out to me that
this was incorrect, since the atom token itself includes the optional
CFWS, so I removed the sentence. However, in the semantics
description of atom, it says: "Semantically, the optional comments
and FWS surrounding the rest of the characters are not part of the
token; the token is only the run of atext characters in an atom..."
If further clarification is needed in the atom definition, or in the
definition of phrase, to disambiguate, I'm open for suggestions.
Pete Resnick <mailto:presnick(_at_)qualcomm(_dot_)com>
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