How to define pretty-print tables for use with GPP.


The utility AsFixToAbox is a language-independent front-end for the pretty-print system GPP. Instantiated with a set of language specific formatting rules it becomes a formatter for a specific language.

These formatting rules (or pretty-print rules) define mappings from language constructs (specified as SDF productions) to BOX expressions. BOX is a language independent markup language to describe the intended layout of text. See this paper for more information about pretty-print tables and the BOX markup language.

Pretty-print entries are defined in an ordered sequence of pretty-print tables. This ordering allows overruling of pretty-print entries by defining overruling entries in tables with higher precedence.


A pretty-print entry for a language construct S1 S2 ... Sn -> S looks like:

S1 S2 ... Sn -> S -- H [ _1 _2 ... _n]

This entry defines a horizontal formatting (because of the H operator). The BOX expressions corresponding to the formatted non-terminal symbols S1 S2 ... Sn are refered to using the numbered place holders _1 _2 ... _n

A more advanced example which defines a formatting for an `if-then-else' construct is depicted below:

[ "if" Cond "then" StatSeq "else" StatSeq "fi" -> Stat -- V [ V is=3 [ H[ KW["if"] _1 KW["then"] _2 ] V is=3 [ KW["else]" _3 ] KW["fi"] ] ]

The following BOX operators are used in this example: `KW' to format keywords, `H' to layout boxes horizontally, and `V' to format sub-boxes vertically. Furthermore, the space option `is' is used to specify that the boxes in a vertical context should be indented to the right. This example defines that if-then-else constructs should be formatted as:

if Cond then StatSeq else StatSeq fi

See also

GPP, HowToPrettyPrintAGrammar

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