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Is the question mark a useful shortcut for PRINT ?
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SeproMan



Joined: 11 Oct 2009
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Question mark in BASIC
When was the question mark (?) introduced in the BASIC language as a shortcut for the PRINT statement ? (The ECMA-116 standard doesn't mention it.)

Should a modern day BASIC still support it ?

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Post 23 Mar 2014, 19:58
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neville



Joined: 13 Jul 2008
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Well it goes back a long way, but I don't know when it was introduced.

I began programming in BASIC on a Dick Smith System 80 (TRS-80 clone) in 1980 and it supported the question mark.

It has also always been supported by GW-BASIC, at least from MSDOS version 3.3 anyway.

So yes, why not continue to support it?

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Post 24 Mar 2014, 00:57
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