Talk:List of BASIC dialects

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Is this page needed?[edit]

I'm wondering if the page is realy needed seeing that we've already got Category:BASIC dialects. Ae-a 23:42, 12 May 2005 (UTC)

The main reason I established this page was to ensure that we'd have a "flat" alphabetical (i.e. quickly'n'easily navigable) and annotated list of BASIC dialects, in order for the reader to get an informative but still concise overview of all BASICs (known to WKP). I think that there is a real need for such a page, because
  1. the category page displays the dialects by name only, and thus imparts no information whatsoever neither on history/origin, acronym expansion, nor platform(s) (all of which, when written concisely, easily fits on a single line of text); and
  2. the List of BASIC dialects by platform (LoBDbP) is, to be blunt, (bound to be) somewhat messy in its layout, and not particularly well-suited to the task of giving readers a comprehensive and straightforwardly browsable overview of the range of BASIC dialects past and present.
To provide a clear idea of what I mean, I just copied the old flat alphalist from the main BASIC article over to this one (I guess I should have done so already, but now it's done at long last). Of course, I'll have to check for additions & changes in the LoBDbP, but that's no problemo, as I monitor both lists + the main BASIC article. --Wernher 22:31, 13 May 2005 (UTC)
See my commentary (under "Big Changes") in the talk for List of BASIC dialects by platform for more on this.

Recent revert[edit]

This edit made the article internally inconsistent, using the terms "Linux" and "GNU/Linux" interchangeably. This is confusing; we should use one or the other. It also reversed some noncontroversial copyedits. It should be reverted. Chris Cunningham (not at work) - talk 19:04, 2 March 2009 (UTC)