RE: BNF grammar for TEI DTD

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RE: BNF grammar for TEI DTD

C. Perry Willett
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                                        Date:     09-Nov-1990 03:38pm GMT
                                        From:     C. Perry Willett
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Subject: RE: BNF grammar for TEI DTD

          Okay, I'll bite--what's a BNF? And while we're at it, what's
a DTD? I lent out my TEI guidelines, and am a SGML/TEI novice, so
I would appreciate some enlightenment into these arcane acronyms.
If this is too elementary for the list, would someone respond to
me privately?

Perry Willett
SUNY-Binghamton
PWILLETT@BINGVAXC

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Re: BNF grammar for TEI DTD

Mary Califf
BNF stands for Backus-Naur Form, which is a common notation for specifying
context free grammars.  It uses the form
        A := BC|D|CD
where A is a unit that can be broken down in B and C, or just D, or C and D.
This format is used widely to describe the syntax of programming languages.

As for DTD, I'm as in the dark as you are.

Mary Elaine Califf
CALIFFMA@BAYLOR