This chapter describes the Maple language in detail. The language definition breaks down into four parts: characters, tokens, syntax (how you enter commands), and semantics (the meaning Maple gives to the language). The syntax and semantics are what define a language. Syntax consists of rules to combine words into sentences; syntax is grammar, and is purely mechanical. Semantics is the extra information or meaning that syntax cannot capture, and determines what Maple does when it receives a command.
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