Fortran Coding Form Pads...

From: Richard Erlacher <>
Date: Sat Jul 27 22:46:01 2002

Are these the ones with 24 lines of 80 columns? Several major vendors modeled
their coding forms after the U.S. military coding forms, presumably cooked up
by the Navy. I've only seen the blue ones, (blue lines) which I presume were
patterned after the USAF ones. They worked great for coding when the work
product was going to that huge room full of mini-skirted (back then) keypunch
operators. (I'd have given a week's pay for a couple of hours hours to fish
around in that room ... <sigh> ... )

I did, BTW, code in Fortran back then.


----- Original Message -----
From: Louis Florit <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, July 26, 2002 5:21 PM
Subject: FF: Fortran Coding Form Pads...

> I found a stack (3) of 'Fortran Coding Form' pads with an IBM logo,
> GX28-7327-6 U/M 050, Printed in the USA. Legal size (8x17)Nice light
> green, one stack is pretty nice, the others show a little yellowing.
> Don't know what dates these were available for. The lab I found these at
> was created in 1973, so that's a good limit for the 'Wayback machine'.
> I assume these are what Fortran coders would arrange their code on before
> translating the code into the paperpunches.
> Header fields are Program, Programmer, Date, Punching Instructions
> (Graphic or Punch), Page Of, Card Electro Number.
> The main area is headed up with Comm (comment?), Statement Number, Cont
> (continue?), Fortran Statement, Identification Sequence, followed but
> miscellaneous squares numbered from 1 to 80.
> Asterisked comments at the bottom are "A standard card form, IBM 888157,
> is available for punching statements from this form" and "Number of forms
> per pad may vary slightly". [snicker- especially if you pulled a few out!]
> Anyone want For Free? I imagine it'd be a cool prop material for your
> classic cmp. I'll stuff it in an envelope and send it out bookrate.
> L
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