Meaning of FORMAL in English

1. FORmula MAnipulation Language.

An early Fortran extension for symbolic mathematics .

["FORMAL, A Formula Manipulation Language", C.K. Mesztenyi, Computer Note CN-1, CS Dept, U Maryland (Jan 1971)].

2. A data manipulation language for nonprogrammers from IBM LASC .

["FORMAL: A Forms-Oriented and Visual-Directed Application System", N.C. Shu, IEEE Computer 18(8):38-49 (1985)].


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