Syntax objects with variable values

About this task

Using a syntax item to specify delimiters, initiators, terminators, and release characters is required when the value of syntax objects (delimiters, initiators, terminators, and release characters) may vary.

The restrictions of syntax items define the variable literal values.

To define a variable syntax object:


  1. Create an item type with an Item Subclass of Syntax to represent the syntax object.
  2. Define the restrictions for the syntax item type.
  3. For the item or group type with the variable syntax object, for the Variable delimiter, initiator, terminator, and release character, select the item from the Item drop-down list in the Properties view.
  4. For the Find property, select Yes.

    Only item types defined with an Item Subclass of Syntax appear in the drop-down list.