Chapter 7. Concrete Syntax

The world is governed more by appearances than realities, so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.

—Daniel Webster U.S. diplomat, lawyer, orator, and politician (1782–1852)

Although the abstract syntax plays the central role in a language description, the concrete syntax is crucial to language design and deserves to be a separate element within the language description. This chapter explores the process of transforming a concrete form of a mogram into its abstract form. Part of this chapter was developed in cooperation with David Akehurst, formerly at the University of Kent and currently at Thales, UK.

7.1 Concrete Syntax and Tool Support

The role of concrete syntax ...

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