Fixity resolution, possible specification

Twan van Laarhoven twanvl at
Sat Feb 17 19:03:13 EST 2007


I just came up with a (in my opinion) quite elegant description of 
fixity resolution as proposed here:

Any comments on this idea (see below)?

Also, I realize that I am not a member of the H' committee, but I see no 
reason why I can't try help out.


Changes to the report:

== 3 Expressions ==
The lexical syntax is changed to:

oexp    ->  pexp [ qop_1 pexp_1 ... qop_{n-1} pexp_{n-1}]
			& (\tr{expression with operators}, n>=0)
         |   @-@ oexp
			& (\tr{negation})

aexp    ->  ...
         |   @(@ pexp_1 qop_1 ... pexp_n qop_n @)@
			& (\tr{left section}, n>=1)
         |   @(@ qop_1 pexp_1 ... qop_n pexp_n @)@
			& (\tr{right section}, n>=1)

oexp replaces exp^0, pexp replaces exp^10:

exp	->  oexp @::@ [context @=>@] type
			& (\tr{expression type signature})
         |   oexp

pexp    ->  @\@ apat_1 ... apat_n @->@ exp
			& (\tr{lambda abstraction}, n>=1)

lexp and rexp are no longer needed.

(Perhaps all but the last element of these operator chains can be 
restricted so they do not contain lambda, let or if. This would mean 
that the longest parse rule is not needed there. )

The part after "A note about parsing" is dropped.

=== 3.4 Operator Applications ===

The form e1 qop e2 is the infix application of binary operator qop to 
expressions e1 and e2.

If after parsing there are operator applications containing more then 
one operator, then fixity resolution (see Section 3.4.1) has to be 

Add subsection:
=== 3.4.1 Fixity Resolution ===

Fixity resolution is applied after parsing to convert all operator 
applications to the form @e1 qop e2 at .

Fixity resolution is specified by the following algorithm:
   Let $e$ be an expression anywhere in the parse tree consisting of 
alternating operators and expressions.
   Let $O$ be the list of operator with the lowest precedence level 
among those in $e$.
   If all operators in $O$ are declared left-associative (@infixl@), then:
     -> $e$ is split at the rightmost element $o$ of $O$.
        Splitting means that in the parse tree, $e$ is replaced by 
@(everything in $e$ before $o$) $o$ (everything in $e$ after o)@.
   If all operators in $O$ are declared right-associative (@infixr@), then:
     -> $e$ is split at the leftmost element of $O$.
   If $O$ contains a single operator which is declared non-associative 
(@infix@), then:
     -> $e$ is split at that operator.
   In all other cases
     -> an error is reported.

   This process is repeated until all expressions contain a single operator.

The fixity resolution is also applied to sections (see Section 3.5).

=== 3.5 Sections ===

Just like operator applications, sections containing multiple operators 
are resolved using fixity resolution (see Section 3.4.1).

The example about the let/lambda meta rule.

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