Fifth Workshop on Language Descriptions, Tools and Applications

LDTA 2005


Satellite event of ETAPS 2005

In Cooperation with ACM SIGPLAN


April 3, 2005

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK


The aim of this one-day workshop is to bring together researchers from academia and industry interested in the field of formal language definitions and language technologies, with a special emphasis on tools developed for or with these language definitions. This active area of research involves the following basic approaches: For example, language definitions can be augmented in a manner so that not only compilers or interpreters can be automatically generated but also other tools such as syntax-directed editors, debuggers, partial evaluators, test generators, documentation generators, etc. Although various specification formalisms like attribute grammars, action semantics, operational semantics, and algebraic approaches have been developed, they are not widely exploited in current practice.

It is the aim of the LDTA workshops to bridge this gap between theory and practice. Among others, the following application domains can benefit from advanced language technologies:

The workshop welcomes contributions on all aspects of formal language definitions, with special emphasis on applications and tools developed for or with these language definitions.

Workshop Programme

The programme can be found here.


Registration to this workshop is handled via the central ETAPS registration procedure. We encourage all LDTA participants to also register for the ETAPS workshop dinner on April 3.

Submission Procedure and Publication

Submission will be open from autumn 2004. Papers (of at most 15 pages) should be submitted electronically as (optionally compressed/gzipped) PostScript or PDF files to one of the program committee chairs, John Boyland or Görel Hedin. The message should also contain a text-only abstract and contact author information.

Please use the ENTCS style (generic package and special LDTA 2005 macros) for preparing your submission. Author's instructions are available on the ENTCS Macro Home Page http://www.math.tulane.edu/~entcs/.

Final versions of accepted papers must not exceed 20 pages and have to conform to the proceedings style. The final versions of accepted papers will be published in Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science (ENTCS), Elsevier Science, and will be made available during the workshop.

The authors of the best papers will be invited to write a journal version of their paper which will be separately reviewed and, assuming acceptance, be published in a special issue devoted to LDTA 2005 of the journal Science of Computer Programming (Elsevier Science).

LDTA 2005 also welcomes submissions of short tool demo papers of at most four pages. Please use the same style files as for the regular papers. The paper should contain a brief description of the tool and include a section that clearly explains what will be demonstrated. Send the title and abstract on December 1 at the latest, and the complete four page paper on December 8 at the latest.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: December 1, 2004
Notification: January 17, 2005
Final version due: February 15, 2005
Workshop: April 3, 2005

Program Committee

Organizing Committee


LDTA 2005 is the fifth instance of a series of succesful ETAPS satellite events: The workshop emerged from the Workshops on Attribute Grammars and their Applications (WAGA'90, Paris; SAGA'91, Prague, WAGA'99, Amsterdam, and WAGA'00, Ponte de Lima) and from the ASF+SDF Workshops (ASF+SDF'95 and ASF+SDF'97, both in Amsterdam).

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