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Writing a parser - Michael Horvath - 2020-02-20

I'm starting to write my own parser that will convert an MPD file to JSON format.

Are the FILE, Name:, Author:, !LICENSE, ROTATION properties case-sensitive? Will they always be the same case as I typed them or should I ignore case?

Thanks.


RE: Writing a parser - Jarema - 2020-02-20

Is good manner for parser to ignore case sensitive. This simplify your coding and open your world on a whole new opportunities.


RE: Writing a parser - Orion Pobursky - 2020-02-20

(2020-02-20, 22:36)Michael Horvath Wrote: I'm starting to write my own parser that will convert an MPD file to JSON format.

Are the FILE, Name:, Author:, !LICENSE, ROTATION properties case-sensitive? Will they always be the same case or should I ignore case?

Thanks.

For METAs, per the spec:
"In a META command, a keyword follows the line type in the line. The keyword must be in all caps"

So I'd say that, yes, these commands are case-sensitive.

filenames, however, are not.


RE: Writing a parser - Michael Horvath - 2020-02-20

(2020-02-20, 22:57)Orion Pobursky Wrote: For METAs, per the spec:
"In a META command, a keyword follows the line type in the line. The keyword must be in all caps"

So I'd say that, yes, these commands are case-sensitive.

filenames, however, are not.

Are "Name:" and "Author:" META commands or some other type of command?

[edit]

Never mind. I see them listed in the docs. But you might want to update the "The keyword must be in all caps" bit since it's not always true.


RE: Writing a parser - Orion Pobursky - 2020-02-21

(2020-02-20, 23:07)Michael Horvath Wrote: you might want to update the "The keyword must be in all caps" bit since it's not always true.

Name: and Author: are the only exceptions for backwards compatibility and to prevent recycling the entire library. You can consider them case-sensitive as well.


RE: Writing a parser - Michael Horvath - 2020-02-21

Also, what is the correct title for the "Unofficial Model" line? I have been calling it "blurb" because I don't know what to call it.


RE: Writing a parser - Orion Pobursky - 2020-02-21

(2020-02-21, 3:02)Michael Horvath Wrote: Also, what is the correct title for the "Unofficial Model" line? I have been calling it "blurb" because I don't know what to call it.

That meta is documented here:
https://www.ldraw.org/article/218.html#filetype

This is another tricky one because the <type> is case-insensitive (except for library files which have a more restrictive guideline). I didnt know that until I just read it in the spec.


RE: Writing a parser - Michael Horvath - 2020-02-21

(2020-02-21, 4:04)Orion Pobursky Wrote: That meta is documented here:
https://www.ldraw.org/article/218.html#filetype

This is another tricky one because the <type> is case-insensitive (except for library files which have a more restrictive guideline). I didnt know that until I just read it in the spec.

Okay, thanks. Does this mean all MOCs should use "Unofficial Model"?


RE: Writing a parser - Lasse Deleuran - 2020-02-21

(2020-02-20, 22:36)Michael Horvath Wrote: I'm starting to write my own parser that will convert an MPD file to JSON format.

Are the FILE, Name:, Author:, !LICENSE, ROTATION properties case-sensitive? Will they always be the same case as I typed them or should I ignore case?

Thanks.

There are some old files, either distributed with the AIOI or in OMR (can't remember where) where "0 file " is in lower case.
If you ignore the case while detecting file headers, then you will face trouble with headers, such as:

Code:
0 FILE File_cabinet.ldr
0 File cabinet for Miniland Figures
0 Name: File_cabinet.ldr
...

My proposed solution for handling this is to:

1) Detect if there is any "0 FILE" statement. If such a statement exist, then only accept proper UPPER CASE 0 FILE statements
2) Otherwise, accept all "0 fILE" case insensitive statements as if they were "0 FILE" statements.


RE: Writing a parser - Michael Horvath - 2020-02-22

(2020-02-21, 11:07)Lasse Deleuran Wrote: My proposed solution for handling this is to:

1) Detect if there is any "0 FILE" statement. If such a statement exist, then only accept proper UPPER CASE 0 FILE statements
2) Otherwise, accept all "0 fILE" case insensitive statements as if they were "0 FILE" statements.

Since there is no "DESCRIPTION" meta tag, I am interpreting the first commented line without any recognized meta tag as the model description. This does not eliminate every possible issue however.