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Revision 4071 - (download) (annotate)
Thu Jun 11 13:04:26 2015 UTC (4 years, 3 months ago) by jhr
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update to 110.78 version of SML/NJ Library
This library supports the reading and writing of structured data using
the S-expressions.  It is a work in progress, and does not fully conform with
any formal S-exp specification.  A few notes:

- The negative sign is either "-" or "~"

- Lists may be delimited by matched pairs of () [] or {}, nested freely.

- List items are separated with [,;\ \t\n\r].  There are two other methods that
  currently happen to work but are not supported and are _strongly_ discouraged:

  1. to use other characters (e.g., grave `) as delimiters,
  2. to run in unambiguous sequences of tokens (e.g., (1"2") or (0x))

- The format of a floating point number is
  Notably, "1." and ".1" are invalid and "1" is an integer---floats must have a
  dot and it must have digits on both sides.

- The entire input must parse to a single S-expression.

- Symbols are either 
    '[^\ \t\n\r]+
  or a string where the first has only characters from
    [A-Z] | [a-z] | [-\^_/~!@$%&*\\:?.<>|+=']
  and the rest can be any of the previous characters or a digit 0-9

  The difference between symbols and strings is that symbols are represented as
  Atom.atom types, so equality comparisons are more efficient.

  Note that the leading-single-quote form of a symbol means that strings MUST
  be double-quoted.  The input 'foo' would be parsed as a symbol called foo'.

- Please do not use # as a leading character for a symbol, as I may later add
  support for individual characters in the format  #"0xff".

- Integers may be specified in decimal without any prefix, or in hexadecimal
  with the prefix "0x".  In hex, the value is assumed to be unsigned, so -255
  should be written "-0xff" rather than "0x-ff".  
  N.B. this means that printing the bytes of two's-complement signed integers
  does not parse correctly: the output of `printf("%x", -1)` parses to INT_MIN.

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