Date: 09-Nov-1990 03:38pm GMT
From: C. Perry Willett
Tel No: 777-4386
TO: Remote RSCS/NJE Network User ( _JNET%TEI-L@UICVM )
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
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.