metasyntax


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metasyntax

(grammar)
Syntax used to describe syntax. The best known example is BNF and its variants such as EBNF.

A metasyntactic variable is a variable used in metasyntax.
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11) It should be noted that SGML only standardizes the metasyntax of an SGML document.
a metasyntax for expressing agreed-upon syntaxes for individual document types.
a metasyntax for expressing the syntax of the generic coding ("markup") in the documents themselves (see the subsection "The World of Structured Documents").