>development that is using x86 embedded CPU with DOS to make a hand-held
>Automotive Test instrument .   They are using C & C++.
>Since Ada is not available that was not even a factor.
  I've personally used an Ada (83) compiler hosted/targetted to
DOS, both 16 bit and 32 bit flavors.  So availability isn't in question.
BTW, in another forum, someone is asking for a C++ compiler targetting
DOS.  Does anyone still sell+support such a thing?