User's Guide to ALGOL 68-R
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Our copy of User's Guide to ALGOL 68-R is the first edition. by P M Woodward and Susan G Bond 1974
Algol 68 was a language for numerical software
Soon after the Revised Report on ALGOL 60 had been issued
in 1962, Working Group 2.1 of IFIP began discussing a successor
language. Various preliminary drafts were submitted in
1965 and that of van Wijngaarden was selected for development.
This led to a series of further drafts, and finally the
ALGOL 68 Report was published in 1969. This process was not
without its casualties—several members of the Working Group
resigned at various stages and at the end a large minority voted
against the adoption of the Report.
There is only one working implementation widely available at
present, namely that written at the Royal Radar Establishment
at Malvern for the ICL 1900 series. This is a one-pass compiler,
and a few modifications were made to the language to make
compilation easier. The resultant language has been named
The boundary line in ALGOL 68 between standard operators
and standard procedures appears to have been drawn so that
standard operators would normally be compiled as in-line
code whereas standard procedures would be compiled as
linkages to subroutines, though this is never explicitly stated.
Even the operator T could fit into this scheme since it is defined
This document was kindly donated by Helen Young
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