Display-less computing was Re: TOP POSTING

Fred Cisin cisin at xenosoft.com
Sat Dec 12 19:08:15 CST 2015

>>>> For many years, I kept around a plug-board labelled "COBOL INTERPRETER",
>>>> just to prove that a COBOL interpreter was possible :-)

notice the "emoticon" at the end of my original post.  I was trying to 
convey knowledge of the misinterpretation, and the humor of it.

On Sat, 12 Dec 2015, Charles Anthony wrote:
> The plug board could control which columns of the punch card appeared in
> which columns of the printout; it served as a simple FORMAT program. The
> COBOL interpreter plugboard rearranged the COBOL source on the punch card
> to a more readable style on the printer.

That's why there was a plug-board kept around on a shelf preprogrammed for 
the desired formatting for COBOL programs.
However, being for an "INTERPRETER", not a "407 ACCOUNTING MACHINE" (used 
for generating printouts from decks of cards), the plug-board controlled 
the column positions where the material was printed on the card, not 

Grumpy Ol' Fred     		cisin at xenosoft.com

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