Status Report of DETAB-X (Decision Table, Experimental)

by Solomon L. Pollack

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A status report on DETAB-X (Decision Tables, Experimental). This potential business language was introduced at a Decision-Table Symposium in New York, 20 September 1962. Decision tables in general are set up in a tabular format containing a set of decision rules based on a given set of conditions. Each decision rule describes the sets of conditions that must be satisfied for a given sequence of actions to be taken. The CODASYL Systems Group developed specifications for DETAB-X, a decision-table structure using modified COBOL-61 for business-problem description. As DETAB-X has proven to be a significant development in data processing and a valuable addition to COBOL, the CODASYL Systems Group will probably propose that DETAB-X be adopted as an addition to COBOL.

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