# Token Categories

When parsing it is sometimes useful to match a terminal against a set of Token Types. This can be accomplished by using Token Categories.

For example:

// "KeywordOrIdentifier" is our Token category used to match any keyword or Identifier
const KeywordOrIdentifier = createToken({
  name: "AnyWord",
  pattern: Lexer.NA
})

// General Identifier
export const Identifier = createToken({
  name: "Identifier",
  pattern: /[a-zA-Z]\w*/,
  categories: [KeywordOrIdentifier]
})

// a Keyword
export const Class = createToken({
  name: "Class",
  pattern: /Class/,
  longer_alt: Identifier,
  categories: [KeywordOrIdentifier]
})
$.RULE("SomeRule", () => {
  // This would match either an Identifier or a keyword thus allowing for
  // "None Reserved keywords"
  $.CONSUME(KeywordOrIdentifier)
})

Note that:

  • A Token category is simply another Token Type.
  • A Token Type may have multiple Token Categories.