Source of the name backus-naur-form

July 16, 2011 at 7:33 pm Leave a comment

Let’s explain some trivia that I feel obligated to know to the internet, as a learning aid.

Backus-Naur Form, was originally named after Backus, an employee at IBM who designed a language for describing parsers.

Naur took this language out of IBM and used it for different purposes – referring to it as backus normal form.

Knuth decided that the use of the word normal was technically incorrect so re-dubbed this backus naur form.

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