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The warning


"X" is nullable


appears, if the production "X" matches an empty text. For example "X" may be defined by:

X ::= "la" *


This rule will recognize a text like "la la la", but also the empty text "" matches, because the '*"-repeat matches null repeats. In contrast, the production


X ::= "la" + 


is not nullable.


This warning can be a hint, that a nullable alternative was created inadvertently.


Productions, which only consist of semantic actions, in principle, are nullable too. However a warning will not be created in this case, because such a rule cannot lead to a wrong recognition, but can be uses as helping function.


The creation of this warning can be suppressed by an according checkbox in the project options.


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