|Is it the job of a parser to validate the input data? firstname.lastname@example.org (Roger L Costello) (2021-08-11)|
|Is it the job of a parser to validate the input data? email@example.com (Christopher F Clark) (2021-08-12)|
|Re: Is it the job of a parser to validate the input data? firstname.lastname@example.org (George Neuner) (2021-08-12)|
|Re: Is it the job of a parser to validate the input data? email@example.com (luser droog) (2021-09-03)|
|From:||George Neuner <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Thu, 12 Aug 2021 09:34:00 -0400|
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|Posted-Date:||12 Aug 2021 11:52:54 EDT|
On Wed, 11 Aug 2021 22:24:49 +0000, Roger L Costello
>There are many data formats which contain things like this:
>A number, N
>N occurrences of something
>For example, 3 followed by the names of three students:
>I have a question about parsing such data. Is it the job of a parser to ensure
>that the number of student names matches the number? Or, is it the job of the
>parser to merely tokenize whatever is in the input and then create an abstract
>syntax tree containing the tokens?
>I imagine you will tell me, "it depends". But what is typically the case?
It's the job of a parser to ensure that the input's syntax is correct.
What that means exactly is up to the developer.
If you consider that in your 'language' a list consists of a number
followed by exactly that many strings ... well then you could argue
that the parser should enforce that.
However, as John mentioned, often it is difficult to generate really
meaningful error messages during parsing. I would contend that in
your example the /syntax/ of lists is really is a number followed by
zero or more strings (number string*), and that verifying the string
count is semantics, not syntax. I believe that, whenever possible,
semantics are best left until after parsing is finished.
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