Eliminate enumerations

This CIF to CIF transformation eliminates enumerations.

See also: Merge enumerations.

Supported specifications

This transformation supports a subset of CIF specifications. The following restrictions apply:

  • Component definitions and component instantiations are not supported.


To increase the subset of specifications that can be transformed, apply the following CIF to CIF transformations (in the given order) prior to using this transformation:

Implementation details

Enumerations, which are used as types, are replaced by integer types, with range [0 .. n-1], where n is the number of literals of the enumeration.

Enumeration literals, which are used as values, are replaced by integer values. If the used enumeration literal is the n-th literal in the corresponding enumeration (declaration), then the integer value is n - 1. That is, the integer value is the 0-based index of the enumeration literal into the literals of the enumeration declaration.

All enumeration declarations are removed.

For instance, the following specification:

group x:
  enum EX = A, B;

  const EX x = A;

group y:
  enum EY = B, A;

  const EY y = A;

is transformed to the following specification:

group x:
  const int[0..1] x = 0;

group y:
  const int[0..1] y = 1;


This transformation itself does not perform any renaming.

If enumeration literals are renamed, this may influence value equality for compatible enumerations (enumerations with the same number of literals, with the same names, in the same order). Therefore, either apply this transformation before applying other transformations that perform renaming on enumeration literals (such as the Eliminate groups CIF to CIF transformation), or otherwise ensure that renaming does not result in an invalid specification.

Size considerations

Integer types and integer values are not larger than enumerations and their literals. Therefore, this transformation does not increase the size of the specification. In fact, it may even be smaller.