a little parsing challenge ☺

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Tue Jul 19 15:09:41 EDT 2011

On 7/19/2011 2:12 PM, Xah Lee wrote:

>> Also, you may have answered this earlier but I'll ask again anyways: You
>> ask for the first mismatched pair, Are you referring to the inner most
>> mismatched, or the outermost?  For example, suppose you have this file:
>> foo[(])bar
>> Would the "(" be the first mismatched character or would the "]"?
> yes i haven't been precise. Thanks for brining it up.
> thinking about it now, i think it's a bit hard to define precisely.

Then it is hard to code precisely.

> My elisp code actually reports the “)”, so it's wrong too. LOL

This sort of exercise should start with a series of test cases, starting 
with the simplest.

testpairs = (
   ('', True),  # or whatever you want the OK response to be
   ('a', True),
   ('abdsdfdsdff', True),

   ('()', True),  # and so on for each pair of fences
   ('(', False),  # or exact error output wanted
   (')', False),  # and so on

The above could be generated programatically from the set of pairs that 
should be the input to the program, so that the pairs are not hardcoded 
into the logic.

    '([)]', ???),

Terry Jan Reedy

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