BASIC's question mark and PRINT
bkr at WildHareComputers.com
Mon Nov 21 15:22:04 CST 2005
Another data point: Data General BASIC in 1969 used '?' as equivalent to the
Another data point: this was before Microsoft BASIC.
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From: "Jim Battle" <frustum at pacbell.net>
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Subject: Re: BASIC's question mark and PRINT
> tim lindner wrote:
>> In BASIC, where did the short cut of '?' for PRINT originate?
>> After following a discussion on the CoCo list I thought I'd ask here.
> Here are some bounds and data points.
> The Dartmouth BASIC specification does not have ? as an abbrevation (circa
> I think all versions of Microsoft BASIC have this shortcut (circa 1975).
> Palo Alto Tiny BASIC (li chen wang) didn't use this convention -- instead
> it used "P.".
> Wang BASIC (circa 1972) didn't use this convention.
> From what I can tell, DEC BASIC didn't use this abbreviation.
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