Paper tape and 8th bit?
caveguy at sbcglobal.net
Sun Aug 27 22:21:03 CDT 2006
Marking the last byte with the 8th bit saved using a leading string length byte or a trailing zero string delimiter.
It dates back to the days when saveing one byte per keyword in the lookup table was a big memory savings :)
On Sun, 27 Aug 2006 23:01:56 -0400, Roy J. Tellason wrote:
>On Saturday 26 August 2006 09:23 pm, Dave Dunfield wrote:
>> I think you are right about the '=' as well - funny that they would
>> "tokenize" in this manner - I've written several BASICs over the years -
>> some which operated on pure plain text (no tokenization at all), but most
>> replaced all keywords with a single easily recognizable token - I don't see
>> what advantage this type of tokenization could have done as it saves no
>> space, and you still have to parse the whole word.
>Is there any chance that there are more than one keyword that share the same
>first few characters?
>This reminds me of wordstar "document" format, too...
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