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19.8. BaseCompiler.scanCallback(): Error localization string

Whenever we call the scan.error() method to report a syntax error, we want to include information about what banding sheet contained the error. This method is called from inside the Scan class, and the string returned by this method is included in the error message. The relevant information is the current band size and page number.

See the discussion of the Python “bound method” technique used with this function in Section 74.3, “BaseEncounter.__init__(): Constructor”.

There is one potential hitch here. What if there is an error on the very first line of the file? In that case, we'll want to return a simple “?” result. In this case, the self.pageHeader value will be None

baseclasses.py
# - - -   B a s e C o m p i l e r . s c a n C a l l b a c k   - - -

    def scanCallback(self, scan):
        '''Return an error localization string.
        '''
        if  self.pageHeader is None:
            return "?"
        else:
            return("sheet %s-%s" %
                   (self.pageHeader.size, self.pageHeader.pageNo))