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Re: Here's a PEP

> Proper FORTRAN didn't have BEGIN and END, though it did have significant leading whitespace,

In classic FORTRAN, you had to have the leading white space for statements (I think 6 spaces was the standard, but most compilers also accepted a single TAB), and everything after column 72 is ignored. Otherwise white space was optional and ignored. And I mean optional: IF(I.GT.0)GOTO100 is valid and jumps to the statement labeled 100 when I>0. You could also add extra white space inside keywords and identifiers, so you could write GO TO 100 if you preferred that.

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