AlphaWindows - Protocol Information?
aek at bitsavers.org
Wed Sep 5 09:39:06 CDT 2018
On 9/5/18 5:17 AM, Martin Hepperle via cctalk wrote:
> In the 1990s a computer terminal standard "AlphaWindows" was proposed by the
> Display Industry Association (DIA).
> Sort of X-Windows for the poor.
Very poor... only text in the windows.
This is kind of interesting to me, because I helped get TVI 990/995 working in MAME.
We obviously never had the windowing protocol information either.
I wondered why a terminal needed a 68000 inside it.
I'm obviously interested in anything you come up with.
I guess a place to start is getting a copy of Multiview Mascot and watching the
serial protocol between it and a terminal.
Related.. I worked on a similar product in the mid-80's, except it could do Tek 4015
graphics in terminal windows. A friend just revived one of the board sets over the weekend.
This was a board-level VME or Qbus product you talked to directly through a shared memory
queue of virtual terminal connections.
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