Subject: Re: What's a Hollerith? (was Re: Why can't a hash table be...)
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1999/05/02
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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* "His Holiness the Reverend Doktor Xenophon Fenderson, the Carbon(d)ated" <>
| Just out of curiosity, what's a Hollerith?

  a Hollerith _string_ is a string constant in early FORTRAN.  a Hollerith
  _card_ is the familiar punched card with 12 rows and 80 columns and one
  corner cut to keep orientation straight.  there might have been more old
  stuff named after its inventor, Herman Hollerith.