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Re: OT - Programming Languages w/o English Syntax

Thus spake Pigeon (jah.pigeon@ukonline.co.uk):

> On Fri, Oct 17, 2003 at 04:15:48AM -0700, Tom wrote:
> > [OT, sorry -- but question is obscure, will be hard to google]
> > 
> > Are any non-english-speaking readers aware of High-level programming 
> > languages using non-English syntax?  Like, could I find a French C 
> > compiler that uses "pour" instead of "for" and "si" instead of "if"?
> You could stick #include "francais.h" in your C source, where
> francais.h contains:
> #define pour for
> #define si if
> #define casser break
> or something like that...

I notice we've all essentially been suggesting French *vocabulary*
rather than syntax, as originally requested...

However, once upon a time there was a French version of COBOL, in
which all the English words were replaced by their French equivalents
(OUVREZ for OPEN, etc).

I've no idea what the status of the dialent is/was.

Incidentally, few things can compare with the bizarre appearance of
programs in COBOL (with its English keywords) written by non-English

I can remember seeing COBOL programs written in Norwegian and
Afrikaans, which (for the non-Norwegian and/or Afrikaans speaker) had
to be seen to be believed.
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