[developers] Broken TDL Reader in LKB CVS

Ann Copestake Ann.Copestake at cl.cam.ac.uk
Thu Apr 19 13:31:18 CEST 2007

crysmann at dfki.de said:
> The tdl reader in at least today's CVS version of LKB is broken. 

I changed it to conform to the LKB/TDL specification (Copestake, 2002, p107, 
plus agreed extensions), so `broken' is incorrect ...  See my message to 
developers on March 6th, which explained the changes.  I was under the 
impression that it had been clear for a long time that status commands were 
deprecated. It would be useful to know why they are still in your grammar and 
whether anyone else is using them.  (They have never performed any function in 
the LKB.)  If the issue is PAGE compatibility, I can provide a script that 
comments them out (assuming they are all one per line). The changes were made 
to support commenting out sections of TDL, which has been a long-term, 
frequent feature request.

crysmann at dfki.de said:
> Since changes  to the input format are quite a sensitive issue, would it be
> possible, in the future, to test against the freely available grammars first?

We have discussed the impossibility of developers testing against all grammars 
at length in the LinGO meetings last year and the year before.  I proposed a 
notify and test regime and got practically no response when I asked for people 
to test.  So the answer is no, not unless you obtain some funding for a tester!


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