And it (TPL) is still in use here at BLS.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
"Anyone who thinks he has a better idea of what's good for people than
people do is a swine."
From: Dianne Rhodes [mailto:RHODESD1@WESTAT.COM]
Sent: Wednesday, August 08, 2001 10:54 AM
Subject: Tabulate vs. TPL
According to the SAS Users Guide published in 1982:
Tabulate was written to use a similar syntax to Table Producing Language and
Print Control Language (TPL and PCL). These software products were the
brainchild of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and in the '70's and '80's
were used to produce virtually all of the Vital Statistics Tabulations
published by the US Government. I know, that was one of my first jobs and I
took the training at BLS. The writers later left BLS and started an
independent shop (1984). And here they are today
The Professional Cross Tabulation System
You need to pull the data and make reports...many tables. Getting the
analysis you need is the first step. The second is the format. Oh, how you
hate to format a table!
So its not true that it was written by Klingons!
Dianne Louise Rhodes
Sr. Systems Analyst