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6. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION (If joint or other than NBS, see instructions)
NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20234
9. SPONSORING ORGANIZATION NAME AND COMPLETE ADDRESS (Street, City, State, ZIP)
7. Contract/Grant No.
8. Type of Report & Period Covered Final
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 X3.60-1978. 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 twelve 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
14. NO. OF
For Official Distribution. Do Not Release to NTIS
Order From Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Order From National Technical Information Service (NTIS), Springfield, VA. 22161
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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES
The following current-awareness and literature-survey bibliographies are issued periodically by the Bureau: Cryogenic Data Center ('urrent Awareness Service. A literature survey issued biweekly. Annual subscription: domestic $35; foreign $45. Liquefied Natural Gas. A literature survey issued quarterly. Annual subscription: 5.30.
Superconducting Devices and Materials. A literature survey issued quarterly. Annual subscription: $45. Please send subscription orders and remittances for the preceding bibliographic services to the National Bureau of Standards, Cryogenic Data Center (736) Boulder, CO 80303.