On 2/14/2018 12:42 PM, John Rose wrote:
On Feb 14, 2018, at 12:24 PM, Alex Buckley <alex.buck...@oracle.com
There is plenty of precedent for semantic rules
In my draft version this is done with "where" clauses on the
RawQuote RawStringBody RawQuote
where the two raw-quotes are constrained to be identical
where the preimage is constrained to be unescaped
We're dancing on the head of a pin now, but as a matter of
specificational style I'm wary of too many rules in the grammar itself,
especially a context-sensitive rule like raw-quotes-must-balance.
JLS 3.10.5 is a good specimen to study: there is a context-free rule in
InputCharacter but not " or \
and a context-sensitive semantic rule:
It is a compile-time error for a line terminator to appear
after the opening " and before the closing matching ".
Strictly speaking, the semantic rule is unnecessary because
InputCharacter is DEFINED to exclude the CR and LF line terminators! But
the semantic rule makes the intent very very clear. Writing rules in
this form also prevents the spec from becoming a soup of statements that
are more than just observations but less than full-throated assertions.
Anyway, the draft was very useful, thanks!