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meta language (ML)

Since the prefix meta in information technology usually represents a definition, the metalanguage( ML) represents the description of the structure of a programming language.

A metalanguage is also called a markup language or a language description language, which means nothing else than that it contains the rules for the definition of other languages. Meta languages are based on a fixed syntax and are more understandable than programming languages.

Examples of meta languages are the Standardized Generalized Markup Language( SGML), because it is used to describe languages, or the Document Type Definition( DTD) for describing document types.

Englisch: meta language - ML
Updated at: 10.12.2013
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