Fortran Coding Form Pads...

From: Fred Cisin <>
Date: Wed Jul 31 15:31:01 2002

On Wed, 31 Jul 2002, Sellam Ismail wrote:

> > The physical dimensions of the punched cards were chosen to match dollar
> > bills, so that the processing hardware could make use of existing
> > subassemblies. I don't know why that particular hole to hole spacing was
> > chosen, but that combined with the size of the cards resulted in 80
> > column.
> Are you sure? A punch card is a bit larger than a dollar bill.

I have been unable to casually check the veracity of it, since I don't
have any of the older (larger) bills. I'm sure that somewhere google
could probably find the dimensions for comparison.
Received on Wed Jul 31 2002 - 15:31:01 BST

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