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bug #36747: The command synopsis notation is confusing for users.

Submitted by:  John Darrington <jmd>
Submitted on:  Fri 29 Jun 2012 08:48:09 AM UTC  
Category: DocumentationSeverity: 5 - Average
Status: NoneAssigned to: None
Open/Closed: OpenRelease: None
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Fri 29 Jun 2012 08:48:09 AM UTC, original submission:

Many users appear to be confused by the notation used in the user manual to describe the syntax of procedures. Eg:


Per input file:

Once per command:
[/BY VAR_LIST[({D|A})] [VAR_LIST[({D|A})]...]]

It is not obvious, to a non-computer scientist, what is to be interpreted literally, and what should not be.
Although there is a Section in Chapter 6 entitled "Backus-Naur Form" this does not explain, for example, that [...] indicates optional construction. And anyway, most readers do not notice this section in the manual.

John Darrington <jmd>
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