Depending on their scope, there are three kinds of rules:

  • Terminal rules. These are fields, and are not composed by other rules.
  • Record. These are the lines from the CWR files, and are composed of terminal rules.
  • Group. These are aggregations of records. They may be composed of of any combination of rules, including other groups.

In practice only terminal rules are different. These are stored in Python modules, and so are static, while the other rules are generated dynamically from configuration files.

Rules aggregation and trees

Except for terminal rules, all rules are an aggregation of smaller rules, creating a small tree.

These trees are read in pre-order.


Generic rules tree

The following example is a generic rules tree:

Generic rules tree example

Rules nodes will be substituted by the rules they contain.

Note that the rule in the second level has a loop. This means that the rules it contains may appear multiple times.

As trees are read in pre-order, this would read as:

“Rule composed of terminal rule 1, followed by terminal rule 2, followed by terminal rule 4 multiple times, followed by terminal rule 3, followed by terminal rule 1.”

Group Header

The following example represents the Group Header Record:

Group Header rules tree example