Syntax Diagrams

Subject: Syntax Diagrams
From: Jed Clark <jed -at- AUTOSIM -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Nov 1996 16:24:18 -0700

My company has a proprietary programming language that is used as part of
our software. The language uses if...then statements, while...do loops,
variables, attributes, etc., and is perhaps a little more complex than SQL.


Currently, the programming language is documented using syntax diagrams and
a few backup examples. The diagrams use lines and arrows to show how to
structure each programming command. I'm not sure that this is the best way
to document a programming language. I've thought about increasing the
number of examples and eliminating the syntax diagrams, but I'm not sure
that I could provide examples of every possible command that a user would
want to write with the language.

What is the best way to document such a programming language?

Thanks,
Jed

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