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This document describes the format and syntax for BEL Script. BEL Script is a syntax and format for encoding BEL Statements and associated annotations as human-readable documents that can also be efficiently processed by the BEL Framework. BEL Script is an alternative to encoding BEL Statements using the XBEL XML format.
Both BEL Script and XBEL are document formats, that is, they have a specialized structure and have several sections that enable the BEL Framework to determine how to process and interpret BEL Statements. This document describes the overall document structure and provides examples of encoding BEL Statements using the BEL Script format.


This document assumes that the reader is familiar with the BEL language that is documented separately.

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Additional Resources

The following documents provide additional information.

  • Biological Expression Language V1.0 Overview
  • BEL Framework V1.0 Annotation Types and Namespaces User Guide
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