> Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2003 11:41:03 -0400
> From: Ray Denenberg <[log in to unmask]>
> > Allow me to repeat the grammar in used by parsers and semantics
> > for it:
> >
> > search-clause ::= ">" [identifier "="] term cql-query
> Does this produce unambiguous cql?


> Consider:
>  >dc1="core-v1"  dc1.title=first and dc1.title=second
> Is the second dc1 governed by the first assignment?


> If so, is that because the first assignment is "global" (and if so
> how do we know that) or because it is the most recent assignment for
> dc1?

No, just because the grammar specifies that the "and" binds tighter
than the prefix mapping.  It's exactly analogous to the way that
arithmetic in nearly all programming languages knows that a+b*c means
a+(b*c) rather than (a+b)*c -- because "*" binds tighter than "+".

This has the desirable side-effect that mappings at the beginning of a
query are "global", if you want to think of them in those terms.  But
it's easy to override, as in the classic example
        (>dc="" dc.title=foo) and
in which the parentheses bind the Deep Custard set only to the
"dc.title=foo" clause, so that the "dc" in "dc.title=foo" has whatever
meaning the application uses by default -- probably Dublin Core.

> How about:
>  >dc1="core-v1"  dc1.title=first and >dc1="core-v1a" dc1.title=second
> and dc1.title=third

This binds as

        >dc1="core-v1" (
                dc1.title=first and
                >dc1="core-v1a" (
                                dc1.title=second and dc1.title=third

(Because binding is the weakest operator in CQL.)

> The third occurence of dc1 -- is it governed by the first or second
> assignment?

The second -- that is, the closest.

> I suppose the only workable rule is that a prefix in a search clause
> without an assignment is governed by the most recent assignment for
> that prefix (thus no global assignment at the beginning of the
> query).

That is a the rule that emerges from the simple grammar, yes.

> Anyway, I don't have any objection to this as long as we know (and
> agree with) the semantics.


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