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XML validation for context-free grammars. (English) Zbl 1168.68362
Kobayashi, Naoki (ed.), Programming languages and systems. 4th Asian symposium, APLAS 2006, Sydney, Australia, November 8–10, 2006. Proceedings. Berlin: Springer (ISBN 978-3-540-48937-5/pbk). Lecture Notes in Computer Science 4279, 357-373 (2006).
Summary: String expression analysis conservatively approximates the possible string values generated by a program. We consider the validation of a context-free grammar obtained by the analysis against XML schemas and develop two algorithms for deciding inclusion \(L(G_1) \subseteq L(G_2)\) where \(G_{1}\) is a context-free grammar and \(G_{2}\) is either an XML-grammar or a regular hedge grammar. The algorithms for XML-grammars and regular hedge grammars have exponential and doubly exponential time complexity, respectively. We have incorporated the algorithms into the PHP string analyzer and validated several publicly available PHP programs against the XHTML DTD. The experiments show that both of the algorithms are efficient in practice although they have exponential complexity.
For the entire collection see [Zbl 1133.68007].

MSC:
68N30 Mathematical aspects of software engineering (specification, verification, metrics, requirements, etc.)
68Q42 Grammars and rewriting systems
Software:
PHP
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