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U.S. DEPT. OF COMM.
NBS-114A (REV. 2-8C)
2. Performing Organ. Report No. 3. Publication Date
November 1980 SHEET (See in structions)
NBS SP 500-70/1 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE
Computer Science and Technology NBS Minimal BASIC Test Programs Version 2 User's Manual, Volume 1 Documentation
John V. Cugini, Joan S. Bowden, Mark W. Skall
6. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION (If joint or other than NBS, see instructions)
1. Contracu Grant No.
NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS
8. Type of Report & Period Covered
9. SPONSORING ORGANIZATION NAME AND COMPLETE ADDRESS (Street, City, State, ZIP)
Same as item 6.
10. SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 80-600163
 Document describes a computer program; SF-185, FIPS Software Summary, is attached. 11. ABSTRACT (A 200-word or less factual summary of most significant information. If document includes a significant
bibliography or literature survey, mention it here)
This publication describes the set of programs developed by NBS for the purpose of testing conformance of implementations of the computer language BASIC to the American National Standard for Minimal BASIC, ANSI 83.60-1978. The Department of Commerce has adopted this ANSI standard as Federal Information Processing Standard 68. By submitting the programs to a candidate implementation, the user can test the various features which an implementation must support in order to conform to the standard. While some programs can determine whether or not a given feature is correctly implemented, others produce output which the user must then interpret to some degree. This manual describes how the programs should be used so as to interpret correctly the results of the tests. Such interpretation depends strongly on a solid understanding of the conformance rules laid down in the standard, and there is a brief discussion of these rules and how they relate to the test programs and to the various ways in which the language may be implemented.
12. KEY WORDS (Six to ewelve entries; alphabetical order; capitalize only proper names; and separate key words by semicolons)
Basic; language processor testing; minimal basic; programming language standards; software standards; software testing
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