[FRPythoneers] Re: [lug] MEAS Data file format

Evelyn Mitchell efm at tummy.com
Wed Aug 16 16:37:33 MDT 2000

On Wed, Aug 16, 2000 at 04:15:54PM -0600, Wayde Allen wrote:
> On Wed, 16 Aug 2000, David wrote:
> > Yes, I see what you mean.  So, what I meant was: "Write a formal
> > grammar"; probably a BNF grammar.
> OK you got me on this one.  What is BNF?

Backus-Naur Form.
A simplified version can be found at:

You may want to do a Jackson Diagram (its a bit simpler)
Each of the boxes is essentially a line in the file format
Asterisk indicates zero or more
Circle indicates one or the other
This is described in "Practical Software Requirements:
A Manual of Content and Style" by Benjamin L. Kovitz (I 
highly recommend this book. Kovitz is a local author and
would be great to get for FRPythoneers, or BLUG).

Evelyn Mitchell
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