BRITISH COMPUTER SOCIETY FORTRAN SPECIALIST GROUP
MINUTES of a MEETING on Tuesday,
17th February, 1970, at B.C,S.
Headquarters, 29 Portland Place,
PRESENT: Mr J. S. Gatehouse (Chairman) GEC-EE Ltd.
Dr A. C. Day University College, London
Mr I. A. G. Snowball A.E.R.E. Harwell
Dr I. C. Pyle A.E.R.E. Harwell
Mr D. T. Muxworthy Edinburgh Regional Computing Centre
Mr W. I. McMillan GEC-AEI (Electronics) Ltd.
Mr. A. Philbin National Computing Centre Ltd.
Mrs E. Laidler National Computing Centre Ltd.
Dr R. H. Gooding R.A.E., Farnborough
Mr L. I. Brown National Cash Register Co. Ltd.
Mr J. P. Holland Tunnel Cement Ltd.
Mrs B. Swann AEI Turbine Generators Ltd.
Mr A. J. Payne Univac
Mr D. J. Braybrooke Scientific Data Systems Inc.
Mr K. Normington Computing Laboratory, Bradford University
Mr A. D. Johnson Ministry of Technology
Mr B. H. Shearing Alcock, Shearing & Partners
Mr. H. W. Bradly (Assistant GEC Power Engineering Ltd.
FOR ABSENCE: Mrs M.M. Barritt (Secretary) Edinburgh Regional Computing Centre
Mr D. T. O'Leary Computer Systems & Programming Ltd., London
APPROVAL OF Minutes of meeting held on 6th January, 1970, were approved.
MATTERS There were no matters arising not separately referred to below.
REPORTS ON (a) Contact with Professor S. Gill
The Chairman had made contact with Professor Gill and the Group would
work within the rules of Specialist Groups. Any official statements
must come from the Technical Board. It was hoped that the Group may
help to form a FORTRAN Sub-Committee of the B.C.S. Standards
(b) Contact with the B.S.I.
The Chairman had received. a draft document on FORTRAN from I.S.O.
which appeared to be a rewrite of the ASI standard but with the
introduction of an intermediate level between BASIC and FORTRAN. The
B.C.S. Group was informed that any liaison with American work in this
field should be made through Mr D. Hamilton of the ASI Committee X3.
(c) Contribution to B.C.S. Bulletin
The tabled paper (which had been slightly amended by the Chairman)
had been forwarded for publication.
The Chairman's action was confirmed.
PROGRAMME OF (a) ASI Standard now and what is wrong.
ACTIVITIES (Interim Report by Dr I. C. Pyle)
Dr Pyle read a draft of his Report which proposed two amendments
to the standard.
The Report would be distributed by Dr Pyle. Action
(b) Comparison of existing Compilers
(Interim Report by Mr B. H. Shearing and Mr D. T. Muxworthy)
The Chairman congratulated the team on their Report and because of
its size it was agreed that the introduction and sample page would
be available free, but for anyone wanting the full Report, it would
It was also agreed that copies of the Report would be sent to the
manufacturers commented on in the Report.
Any comments were asked to be sent to Mr Shearing.
(c) Extensions to FORTRAN
(Interim Report by Mr J. S. Gatehouse)
This Report was presented and it was requested that comments be sent
to Mr Gatehouse.
It was agreed that these three Reports, together with any comments
received, would be used as a basis for Working Parties to be set up
at the April Meeting.
It was also agreed that the main effort would be concentrated on full
FORTRAN but lower levels would be tackled by other Working Parties if the
effort was provided.
NEXT MEETING The next meeting had been fixed for Tuesday, 7th April 1970 at
B.C.S. Headquarters at 10.45 a.m.