ALGOL 58, originally known as IAL, is one of the family of ALGOL computer programming languages. It was an early compromise design soon superseded by ALGOL 60. According to John Backus

"The Zurich ACM-GAMM Conference had two principal motives in proposing the IAL: (a) To provide a means of communicating numerical methods and other procedures between people, and (b) To provide a means of realizing a stated process on a variety of machines..."

ALGOL 58 introduced the fundamental notion of the compound statement, but it was restricted to control flow only, and it was not tied to identifier scope in the way that Algol 60's blocks were.

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ALGOL 58's Influence On ALGOL 60
... ALGOL 60 kept this three-level concept ... representing a left-facing arrow) and the equality relation (=) was introduced in IAL and kept in ALGOL 60 ... Both IAL and ALGOL 60 allowed arrays with arbitrary lower and upper subscript bounds, and allowed subscript bounds to be defined by integer expressions ...