8.1 BNF notation used in scatter-loading description syntax

Scatter-loading description syntax uses standard BNF notation.

The following table summarizes the Backus-Naur Form (BNF) symbols that are used for describing the syntax of scatter-loading descriptions.

Table 8-1 BNF notation

Symbol Description
" Quotation marks indicate that a character that is normally part of the BNF syntax is used as a literal character in the definition. The definition B"+"C, for example, can only be replaced by the pattern B+C. The definition B+C can be replaced by, for example, patterns BC, BBC, or BBBC.
A ::= B Defines A as B. For example, A::= B"+" | C means that A is equivalent to either B+ or C. The ::= notation defines a higher level construct in terms of its components. Each component might also have a ::= definition that defines it in terms of even simpler components. For example, A::= B and B::= C | D means that the definition A is equivalent to the patterns C or D.
[A] Optional element A. For example, A::= B[C]D means that the definition A can be expanded into either BD or BCD.
A+ Element A can have one or more occurrences. For example, A::= B+ means that the definition A can be expanded into B, BB, or BBB.
A* Element A can have zero or more occurrences.
A | B Either element A or B can occur, but not both.
(A B) Element A and B are grouped together. This is particularly useful when the | operator is used or when a complex pattern is repeated. For example, A::=(B C)+ (D | E) means that the definition A can be expanded into any of BCD, BCE, BCBCD, BCBCE, BCBCBCD, or BCBCBCE.
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