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How did early computers deal with calculations involving pounds, shillings, and pence?

In the era before UK currency was decimal, how were accounting calculations involving pounds, shillings, and pence typically handled? By mostly the same machinery as in other countries - only some ...
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How did early computers deal with calculations involving pounds, shillings, and pence?

I started my first job programming in 1979, eight years after decimalization, at a major UK bank. I remember someone telling me that they did everything in pence because that was how it was done in ...
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How did early computers deal with calculations involving pounds, shillings, and pence?

I was writing programs for small computers prior to decimalisation. No customers were interested in recording halfpennies or farthings in their accounting so just had to keep all the records in old ...
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How did early computers deal with calculations involving pounds, shillings, and pence?

As you acknowledge in your question, IBM's implementation of COBOL had special PICTURE clauses to represent £sd. So did PL/I. There is also a L suffix for pre-decimalisation British currency where ...
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How Can Apple II DOS 3.3 Floppy Disks be Restored after Formatting with INIT?

The INIT command directs the drive to move the head to each of the first 35 tracks in turn, and overwrite the entire contents thereof. In performing this process, the drive uses two coils: an erase ...
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How did early computers deal with calculations involving pounds, shillings, and pence?

Decimalisation roughly overlapped with the era of computerisation. The transition to decimalisation in the UK occurred in February 1971, but it had been on the cards since the early 60s. There was ...
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