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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Thankfully he didn't say anything about whitespace. That complaint gets old quick :-)
  • Fortran had mandatory whitespace / indents -- columns 1-6 and 73-80 were sacred. (There weren't columns past 80 in Fortran, since even on TTY Fortran "knew" it was reading "cards" *sigh*)

    Google finds us a reference [umd.edu] from which I can reconstruct the following, which I could almost have recited from slowly fading memory:

    • Statement labels in columns 1 to 5
    • C or * in column 1 indicates comment
    • Non-zero non-blank in Column 6 is Continuation marker (like \ at end of line, except at beginning of next line!)
    • Sta
    --
    Bill
    # I had a sig when sigs were cool
    use Sig;