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[REBOL] Re: A little parse help

From: max:ordigraphe at: 24-Aug-2001 15:25

> FIRST - looooong time requested feature. Carl once agreed it would be > usefull, but there are probably other priorities for RT to solve now. > However - being able to parse first of [a | b | c] is > probably the most > missing feature re parsing ..
Carl even sent me a mail saying it IS in the plans... but he sent me that just about one year ago! I have been implementing my own document language. The main difference is that it is a natural language and the lack of this parsing feature is making my work Extremely complicated. That is because I do not want to impose strict format structure... so I do not know if the document writer is going to end his line right away or if he wishes to continue on the same line or if he'll put a space or two, or put a space just before the end of the line... Add to this the fact that the keywords themselves are plain english (or any other language, in fact :-) and ARE allowed within the content itself and it makes the parsing a little bit harder still! This parsing feature alone would have cut my development time in half at least! But alas nothing is perfect, life WOULD be dull indeed! ;-) Note to RT: Just one tag (like any, to, some, etc) called "next" would be easy to include in parsing engine no? -Max