Declaration and version


The "blue" pragma is used to declare a manuscript to be BLUE-PHRASE, and to identify the version used to build it.


The syntax for the blue pragma consists of:

  • An exclamation point !
  • The keyword blue
  • The BLUE-PHRASE version used to compile the manuscript
  • An optional author-defined term to identify the type of content

The use of this pragma is optional, but strongly recommended. Usage will allow the BLUE-PROCESSOR to definitively identify the file as being BLUE-PHRASE, and process it using the correct BLUE-PHRASE version.

!blue version content-type
blue pragma syntax

Pragmas can only be used on a line by themselves. They may not be used inside a basic phrase or term phrase. Any leading or trailing whitespace is discarded. Graynotes may be applied by adhering to the standard rules for graynotes.


Here is what a blue pragma looks like within the body of a manuscript.

!blue 2.0
Sample blue pragma

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