ALGOL-Bulletin 28: 58-62, 1968. Talk given at the colloquium titled ‘Ten Years of ALGOL’, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zürich, 31. May 1968.
The development of ALGOL during 1958 to 1968 is reviewed. The influences leading up to the ALGOL 60 report are singled out and the directions of stimulus from that report are evaluated. The later relations of ALGOL with IFIP are critically reviewed, and the need for a drastic revision of the constitution of IFIP is pointed out.