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Matchertext: Towards Verbatim Interlanguage Embedding

Bryan Ford


Embedding text in one language within text of another is commonplace for numerous purposes, but usually requires tedious and error-prone “escaping” transformations on the embedded string. We propose a simple cross-language syntactic discipline, matchertext, which enables the safe embedding a string in any compliant language into a string in any other language via simple “copy-and-paste” – in particular with no escaping, obfuscation, or expansion of embedded strings. We apply this syntactic discipline to several common and frequently-embedded language syntaxes such as URIs, HTML, and JavaScript, exploring the benefits, costs, and compatibility issues in adopting the proposed matchertext discipline.

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Topics: Programming Languages Parsing Syntax Bryan Ford