An expression specifies an address or numeric value. Whitespace may precede and/or follow an expression.
The result of an expression must be an absolute number, or else an offset into
a particular section. If an expression is not absolute, and there is not
enough information when
as sees the expression to know its
section, a second pass over the source program might be necessary to interpret
the expression—but the second pass is currently not implemented.
as aborts with an error message in this situation.