The MEANING statement
MEANING can be used with CONCEPT-statements, RELATION-statements, and RULE-statements, to define the meaning of your concepts, relations, and rules.
A meaning is optional and is characterized by the reserved word MEANING. It specifies the meaning of a concept, a relation, or a rule in natural language. The meaning is used to generate documentation and is printed in the functional specification. A <meaning> can be any text, starting with {+ and ending with +} e.g.
MEANING
{+ This is an example that is
spread over multiple lines.
+}
The optional <language> is specified as
  • IN ENGLISH or
  • IN DUTCH.
Example :
MEANING IN DUTCH {+ Dit is een voorbeeld in een (1) regel.+}
This is a way to override the default language (which is English).
Sometimes you need formatting in the meaning, such as dotted lists, italics, or mathematical symbols. For this purpose you have a choice in which syntax you specify the meaning. The optional <markup> is one of :
  • REST (Restructured text. This is the default)
  • HTML
  • LATEX
  • MARKDOWN
Example :
MEANING LATEX {+This is a {\em mathematical} formula $\frac{3}{x+7}$.+}
Ampersand uses Pandoc to offer a choice for your markup. See pandoc.org for details.

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