AlphaWindows - Protocol Information?
echristopherson at gmail.com
Wed Sep 5 12:47:11 CDT 2018
On Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 11:57 AM Al Kossow via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
> On 9/5/18 5:17 AM, Martin Hepperle via cctalk wrote:
> > In the 1990s a computer terminal standard "AlphaWindows" was proposed by
> > 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.
Interesting stuff. I just (a few weeks ago) saw a boxed copy of FacetTerm
for Unix at a store with a lot of old electronics and computer stuff. I see
now that FacetTerm worked with the AlphaWindows standard (although I think
it could do its own thing too). Looks like it's still available for Linux.
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