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Re: LAC (lookahead correction) for syntax error handling

From: Joel E. Denny
Subject: Re: LAC (lookahead correction) for syntax error handling
Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2011 09:49:39 -0500 (EST)
User-agent: Alpine 2.00 (DEB 1167 2008-08-23)

Hi Akim,

On Wed, 26 Jan 2011, Akim Demaille wrote:

> Sorry for the delays, my backlog is, err, significant :)

No need to apologize.  I struggle to find time as well.

> This is nice work.  I have not read it in all the details, but it is, as 
> usual, well commented, documented, and tested.  Yet, I expected to find 
> some reference to some published work.

I agree, and I've been meaning to do the same for IELR.  However, I hadn't 
yet figured out where would be a good place to put such references.  
Also, the manual needs a lot of cleanup, mainly where these features are 
documented, so I had been planning to handle all this at once.

> Do you have something about this?

My dissertation is currently the only publication that discusses LAC.

> I think we should create a Reference section pointing to the various 
> papers on top of which Bison is built.

Thanks, that sounds better than what I was thinking.  So, as in an 
academic publication, I suppose we should somehow cite entries from the 
references section when, in other parts of the manual, we're discussing 
associated features.  Do you know of any other project whose manual is 
written with texinfo and cites publications in this manner?  That might 
help me to get this going.

> How far do you think 2.5 is from being released?  Rough estimation, of 
> course.

All that's left is cleaning up the manual and fixing the recently reported 
bugs concerning symbol names.  There were some other minor feature 
requests, but I now think it is better to postpone those until after 2.5.  
2.5 is already big, and it's been waiting too long.

If we were all doing this full time, we could probably have 2.5 out in a 
week or so.  However, spare time is scarce and hard to predict.  I'll 
estimate a month and hope for no unexpected delays.

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