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2.6 String Literals

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[A string_literal is formed by a sequence of graphic characters (possibly none) enclosed between two quotation marks used as string brackets. They are used to represent operator_symbols (see 6.1), values of a string type (see 4.2), and array subaggregates (see 4.3.3). ]

Syntax

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string_literal ::= "{string_element}"
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string_element ::= "" | non_quotation_mark_graphic_character
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A string_element is either a pair of quotation marks (""), or a single graphic_character other than a quotation mark. 

Static Semantics

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The sequence of characters of a string_literal is formed from the sequence of string_elements between the bracketing quotation marks, in the given order, with a string_element that is "" becoming a single quotation mark in the sequence of characters, and any other string_element being reproduced in the sequence.
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A null string literal is a string_literal with no string_elements between the quotation marks.
NOTES
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5  An end of line cannot appear in a string_literal.
7.1/2
6  {AI95-00285-01} No transformation is performed on the sequence of characters of a string_literal.

Examples

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Examples of string literals: 
9/2
{AI95-00433-01} "Message of the day:"

""                    --  a null string literal
" "   "A"   """"      --  three string literals of length 1

"Characters such as $, %, and } are allowed in string literals"
"Archimedes said ""Εύρηκα"""
"Volume of cylinder (πr²h) = "

Wording Changes from Ada 83

9.a
The wording has been changed to be strictly lexical. No mention is made of string or character values, since string_literals are also used to represent operator_symbols, which don't have a defined value.
9.b
The syntax is described differently. 

Wording Changes from Ada 95

9.c/2
{AI95-00285-01} We explicitly say that the characters of a string_literal should be used as is. In particular, no normalization or folding should be performed on a string_literal.

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