This was how the SAP assembler on the 704 worked. This assembler supplanted the NYAP assembler from IBM shortly after delivery of the first 704’s.
The input was a deck of cards, read thru the attached card reader. Most cards held the symbolic form of a machine instruction such as:
LAB CLA T9,4 COMMENTThey were upper case only. Some cards held assembler directives as they do yet today.
An assembler listing was the printed output of the assembler program that would include one line of text for each input card. Included on each typical output line was:
The other output of the assembly was the program punched in binary onto cards. There were 22 instructions on each card plus starting address and checksum. There was no relocatable output in the early days.
Just a few years later an improved assembler called FAP arrived. George Michael tells me it was by Dave Ferguson. It provided relocatable output and macros. Relocatable output and concomitant mods to Fortran made it easy to write assembler subroutines for Fortran.