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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rightly emphasizes the properly prophetic character of this narrative frame breaking (metasyntax) and calls needed attention to Luke the (centoist) poet.
(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.