[ragel-users] Parsing of names with spaces in them

Gerald Gutierrez gerald.gutierrez at gmail.com
Mon Jan 23 16:12:30 UTC 2012

On 2012-01-23, at 0:26, Victor Khimenko <khim at chromium.org> wrote:

> The answer is simple: you can't. Ragel generates DFA with actions attached. This means: symbol in => action out.
> Your definition is ambigous: when you see a space you have no idea if it belongs to the identifier or not. You must scan ahead and look for the next non-space char: if it's colon then the previous space was not part of the identifier, if it's alnum then it is. This is not something DFA can/should do...

Hi Victor,

There is a chapter in the documentation about nondeterminism. Anything something there that can help in this situation? 

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