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Would it not be preferable to separate "program" and "programme" ? A radio programme is always spelt thus and a computer program is also always spelt that way - they are different words surely ?

Johnrcrellin 07:24, 29 September 2006 (UTC)

Actualy, it's a locality thing. Programme is used in British and commonwealth English, and Program in American English. The two words are the same, it just depends on where you live as to which one is preferable. Michael Billington (talkcontribs) 02:12, 29 October 2006 (UTC)

Yes up to a point - I realise you are right and my comment was sparked by getting a very unexpected disambiguation. "Up to a point" because in British and Commonwealth computing communities it is always "program" (unless referring to a leaflet at a play, programme on television etc) and you can always tell an outsider by their use of "programme". (How terribly geeky !) Johnrcrellin 07:57, 30 October 2006 (UTC)

I use "programme" for television, or radio; "program" for a computer program. This is in England. LooieENG 22:44, 12 May 2007 (UTC)

O.K, I've decided to take drastic action against you American fools. i don't care if this causes the links to become void. P R O G R A M M E IS THE CORRECT SPELLING. You Americans are all idiots. You've ruined our beautiful language. i hate you all. Sure, do what you like, but let it be known that "PROGRAM" IS AN INCORRECT SPELLING. HMSvictory 19:40, 3 July 2007 (UTC)

I have reverted your change and issued you a vandalism warning; see WP:ENGVAR. Dicklyon 22:35, 3 July 2007 (UTC)

To go back to the original point, I believe there should be two entries. In English we are able to distinguish between computer program and TV programme, a feature that can be very useful. I realise that in the USA such a distinction is not possible but this can be reflected in the two separate entries. Markb (talk) 13:41, 5 September 2008 (UTC)

That may be useful for those from the UK but it would be utterly confusing for American users. It is the same word after all. - Epson291 (talk) 08:39, 13 May 2009 (UTC)

another "program fuck"[edit]

what about a "program" in "Minimalist Program" ? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:27, 5 February 2008 (UTC)

Programme / Program[edit]

The discussion on whether the page should be titled with one spelling or another, surely ought to be based on the number of native speakers' spelling conventions. If the majority (in the world) use 'programme' then that should be the first spelling used and variations should be noted in the text,and logically, vice versa. It's a tricky situation because according to the Manual of Style 'programme' is used in the UK, South Africa, New Zealand with Canada accepting both, whilst in the US and Australia 'program' is preferred. But the number of speakers who use the American spelling is probably greater - though it goes against my English upbringing :).Jayjase. (talk) 13:02, 16 November 2013 (UTC)

Program has become standard in the UK when referring to computer programs. If talking about a television programme then the alternate spelling is used. -- (talk) 14:19, 10 March 2014 (UTC)

Of course, let's discount completely the non-caucasian nations who use British English as an official language... India alone decisively settles the demographic argument in favour of the British variation. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:45, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

The article is in any event somewhat misleading in suggesting that the British spelling is used for computer programs. As the post above says, the word's use to refer to computer software has always, in British English, used the American spelling from the beginning. This distinction between software and other types of programme, such as on the media or in scheduling, is occasionally useful in avoiding ambiguity in written communication. It would be helpful to edit the reference to spelling accordingly. IanB2 (talk) 22:18, 16 December 2016 (UTC)

program An algorithm that has been coded into something that can be run by a machine. program a series of software instructions to control the operation of a computer. Jurijus Pacalovas (talk) 16:01, 3 July 2018 (UTC)


Program/ programme “error”

Read carefully Oxford Computer Science about Program Design Language and about the second item in Oxford 2. (program) and watch the video. should be Because so said oxford: program design, program design language, design programs, maintain programs, write computer programs, computer program, creative writing programmes, write software, write written programmes, designing programmes. Angel2014fly1 (talk) 09:56, 5 July 2018 (UTC)


Erase all the history and wrong rules and write the right rules.


a program is an algorithm that has been coded into something that can be run by a machine. program a series of software instructions to control the operation of a computer. C17706201 (talk) 12:33, 7 July 2018 (UTC)


program a program is implemention of an algorithm to be run on a specific computer and operating systems. “design programs” C17706201 (talk) 16:05, 7 July 2018 (UTC)

an algorithm is more abstract - it doesn't not deal with machine specific details - think of it as a method to solve a problem.

Computer program A computer program is a list of instructions that tell a computer what to do. Everything a computer does is done by using a computer program. A computer program is written in a programming language. — Preceding unsigned comment added by C17706201 (talkcontribs) 17:42, 7 July 2018 (UTC)


“a program is not a computer program”

program a program is implemention of an algorithm to be run on a specific computer and operating systems. “design programs” C17706201 (talk) 17:48, 7 July 2018 (UTC)