A Unified Format for Language Documents

Appearied in pre- and post-proceeedings of SLE 2010

Vadim Zaytsev and Ralf Lämmel

We have analyzed a substantial number of language documentation artifacts, including language standards, language specifications, language reference manuals, as well as internal documents of standardization bodies. We have reverse-engineered their intended internal structure, and compared the results. The Language Document Format (LDF), was developed to specifically support the documentation domain. We have also integrated LDF into an engineering discipline for language documents including tool support, for example, for rendering language documents, extracting grammars and samples, and migrating existing documents into LDF. The definition of LDF, tool support for LDF, and LDF applications are freely available through SourceForge.

Bibtex entry
  author    = {Vadim Zaytsev and
               Ralf L{\"a}mmel},
  title     = "{A Unified Format for Language Documents}",
  pages     = {206-225},
  booktitle = "{Software Language Engineering - Third International Conference,
               SLE 2010, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, October 12-13, 2010,
               Revised Selected Papers}",
  publisher = {Springer},
  series    = {LNCS},
  volume    = {6563},
  year      = {2011},

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