|Representations of grammars firstname.lastname@example.org (Kelly Morrison) (1993-06-25)|
|Re: Representations of grammars email@example.com (1993-06-28)|
|Re: BNF name firstname.lastname@example.org (Wally Anderson) (1993-06-30)|
|From:||Wally Anderson <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Wed, 30 Jun 1993 16:27:27 GMT|
>As someone who came in late (circa 1973) I am a little puzzled by the
>above. Did BNF originally stand for "Backus Normal Form".
The Dragon book (Aho, Sethi, Ullman - 1986), at the end of Chapter 2:
"The proposal that BNF, which began as an abbreviation of BacKus Normal
Form, be read as Backus-Naur Form, to recognize Naur's contributions
as editor of the Algol 60 report (Naur 1963), is contained in a letter
by Knuth ."
The full citation for Knuth  is:
Knuth, D.E. "Backus Normal Form vs. Backus Naur Form," Comm. ACM 7:12,
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