ML/I User's Manual --- Appendix M --- Implementation on PDP-8

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ML/I User's Manual -- Appendix M

This implementation is based on version AIC of ML/I.

Copyright © 1973 J. Forecast

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M.1 Restrictions and Additions

This implementation of ML/I contains all the features described in the ML/I User's Manual, 4th Edition, August 1970, plus New Features 1 to 4 as described in supplements to that Manual.

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M.2 Operating instructions and I/O

ML/I is supplied as a binary tape which must be loaded with the binary loader. The start and restart addresses are:

   0 0 0200

ML/I reads source text from the high speed reader and outputs to the high speed punch. The end of the input should be marked with a Ctrl-D character. If the input consists of several tapes, all but the last should be terminated with a Ctrl-L character. This will cause the PDP-8 to halt and when another tape has been placed in the reader, pressing <CONTINUE> will resume processing.

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M.3 Character set

The full PDP-8 8-bit character set is accepted with the exception of blanks and rubouts which are ignored and the two characters described in Section M.2 which are also ignored.

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M.4 Error messages

Error messages are always produced on the console teletype.

The number 2N of section 6 of the ML/I User's Manual is 60.

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M.5 Integer calculations

The initial environment contains ten permanent variables. These are not pre-set to any particular values. All integers in, or derived from, macro expressions should be less than 2048 in magnitude. Overflow is never detected.

The multiply and divide operations are not available within macro expressions and cause the error message:


and return zero as their result.

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M.6 Layout keywords

The following are the layout keywords for this implementation:

SPACE meaning a space.
NL meaning a newline.
TAB meaning a tab.
SL meaning the imaginary startline character.
SPACES meaning a sequence of one or more spaces.

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M.7 S-variables

This implementation contains 12 S-variables. S-variables S10 and above are used as follows:

Output switch. If non-zero, output text is suppressed.