I am developing an Intellij plugin for the Elm language using JFlex and Grammar Kit. I have minimal experience writing parsers.
I can't parse case expressions because they clash with function calls.
The BNF spec is as follows:
CaseExpr ::= CASE IDENTIFIER OF case_body
case_body ::= (case_body_part)* OTHERWISE "->" expr
case_body_part ::= NUM "->" expr
FunctionCallExpr ::= IDENTIFIER NUM
In the following example the parser does not recognise that 84 is the start of a new case_body_part
case n of
42 -> foo 420
84 -> bar 840 -- this line is treated as an error rather than case_body_part
otherwise -> zap 100
If anyone knows Grammar Kit I would be grateful for a steer. However, on the assumption that viewers are more likely to know parsers in general:
1) Can I fix this with better BNF
2) What kind of parsing concepts are involved.
3) Can you point me to how another parser such as yacc handles this.