update to RTL/2 language standard

Roger@natron.demon.co.uk (Roger Barnett)
Tue, 3 May 1994 14:07:13 GMT

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From: Roger@natron.demon.co.uk (Roger Barnett)
Keywords: design, standards
Organization: Compilers Central
Date: Tue, 3 May 1994 14:07:13 GMT

The RTL/2 language standard - BS5904 (1980) - is currently being updated;
the proposed changes are with the British Standards Institute for formal
ratification and inclusion in an updated definition document.

Anyone interested can email me for more details on roger@natron.demon.co.uk

Background note:

The RTL/2 language was developed at ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries) in
the early 1970s by a team which included John Barnes who has since been a
major contributor to the design of the Ada language.

The RTL/2 language can be classified as a member of the Algol family.

RTL/2 continues to be used in the UK and Europe, particularly where
predictability and maintainability are considered important - typical
applications include Air Traffic Control and industrial plant control.

Interesting (?) note:

RTL/2 is one of the few languages whose portability is increased by the
fact that there are no subset or superset compilers.
Roger Barnett

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