Re: Cobol grammar?

Ralf Laemmel <>
4 Aug 2004 02:43:11 -0400

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From: Ralf Laemmel <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 4 Aug 2004 02:43:11 -0400
Organization: Compilers Central
References: 04-07-084
Keywords: Cobol, parse
Posted-Date: 04 Aug 2004 02:43:11 EDT

Hi Matteo,

there are fuzzy parsers, robust parsers (based on island grammars),
tolerant parsers (based on skeleton grammars), and more.

Many pointers in

Having worked in this context, I would consider this still somewhat as
a black art. It is listed in some ways in the grammarware agenda (2nd


matteo wrote:

>Hi all,
>I have to create a parser for Cobol AS/400. Because it's very
>difficult to find a complete grammar definition for this language, I
>wonder if there is a way for describing a grammar (BNF, EBNF,...) that
>tokenize only some specific rules and ignore all the rest.

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