"party line" for terminals?
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Fri Mar 17 12:16:53 CST 2006
In article <126.96.36.199.0.20060317175747.052166c8 at irrelevant.fsnet.co.uk>,
"Rob O'Donnell" <classiccmp.org at irrelevant.fsnet.co.uk> writes:
> I worked at Ferranti Computer Systems back in the early '80s, (as an
> apprentice, so I didn't have a lot of access..) and there was some
> very odd terminals in use for the fire brigade/police systems we
> made, and also in use for the internal stock system. They worked
> very like html forms do today - the server sent a screen image and a
> pile of input fields, you could mess about filling them in as much as
> you liked, and then you hit a "send" button on the keyboard.
This "forms" feature is pretty common on lots of serial terminals,
including some of the storage scope displays from Tektronix.
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