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The following table summarizes the Backus-Naur Form (BNF) symbols that are used for describing the syntax of scatter-loading descriptions.

Table 8-1 BNF notation

Symbol Description
`"` Quotation marks indicate that a character that is normally part of the BNF syntax is used as a literal character in the definition. The definition `B"+"C`, for example, can only be replaced by the pattern `B+C`. The definition `B+C` can be replaced by, for example, patterns `BC`, `BBC`, or `BBBC`.
`A` ::= `B` Defines `A` as `B`. For example, `A::= B"+" | C` means that `A` is equivalent to either `B+` or `C`. The `::=` notation defines a higher level construct in terms of its components. Each component might also have a `::=` definition that defines it in terms of even simpler components. For example, `A::= B` and `B::= C | D` means that the definition `A` is equivalent to the patterns `C` or `D`.
[`A`] Optional element `A`. For example, ```A::= B[C]D``` means that the definition `A` can be expanded into either `BD` or `BCD`.
`A`+ Element `A` can have one or more occurrences. For example, `A::= B+` means that the definition `A` can be expanded into `B,` `BB`, or `BBB`.
`A`* Element `A` can have zero or more occurrences.
`A` | `B` Either element `A` or `B` can occur, but not both.
(`A` `B`) Element `A` and `B` are grouped together. This is particularly useful when the | operator is used or when a complex pattern is repeated. For example, `A::=(B C)+ (D | E)` means that the definition `A` can be expanded into any of `BCD,` `BCE`, `BCBCD`, `BCBCE`, `BCBCBCD`, or `BCBCBCE`.