In computer language design, stropping is a method of explicitly marking letter sequences as having a special property such as being a keyword or certain type of variable or storage location.
Stropping allows the same letter sequence to be used both as a keyword and as an identifier, and simplifies parsing in that case. Most modern programming languages do not allow this ambiguity: keywords are reserved words and cannot be used as identifiers.
In languages such as Algol 60 and Algol 68, stropping was a method of representing typographical distinctions found in the publication language in the hardware language.
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