Paul Koning paulkoning at comcast.net
Fri Sep 7 08:48:43 CDT 2018

> On Sep 6, 2018, at 6:20 PM, Al Kossow via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
> On 9/6/18 2:55 PM, Peter Coghlan via cctalk wrote:
>> If you bought a bought a machine from DEC, you probably needed DEC terminals
>> or clones of them to get the best from it.  However, the same probably applied
>> to other manufacturers.
> DEC's keyboard editors didn't talk anything other than VT52 or VT100 protocols
> and you needed their keypad for KED to work.
> Things like Curses and Termcap weren't a concept people groked at the time.

True.  DEC's approach was standards: as soon as the idea appeared, adopt it (ANSI escapes) throughout the product line, then all the software has only a single API it needs to understand.


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