BBC BASIC Programming Language

Sophie Wilson (and others)1981

The National Museum of Computing

The National Museum of Computing
MILTON KEYNES, United Kingdom

There were many different versions of the BASIC computer programming language in use but to be effective the BBC's Computer Literacy Project needed to be underpinned by a standardised programming language.
At the BBC’s suggestion, the Department for Trade and Industry (DTI) called British computer manufacturers together to discuss the idea of developing a new version of BASIC - Adopted Basic for Computers or ABC.
Beginners’ All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code (BASIC) was a type of high-level language in common use through the 1970s on the early home computer market. Originally designed in the 1960s to appeal to non-specialist users in universities, today there are probably more dialects of BASIC than any other programming language.


  • Title: BBC BASIC Programming Language
  • Creator: Sophie Wilson (and others)
  • Date Created: 1981

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