David C. Plummer (DCP@QUABBIN.SCRC.Symbolics.COM)
Mon, 28 Sep 87 09:51 EDT

RCTE sounds a lot like the echo-negotiation protocol that the Multics
Emacs people developed circa 1980. I'm sorry I can't give you a
reference; they may not have published anything.

There is and has been a display oriented terminal protocol for a long,
long time. The only reason it needs "dusting off" is because only now
are commonplace terminals and computer systems really able to take
advantage of it. Most operating systems were (originally) written with
printing terminals in mind, which is why it has been hard to graft this
into existing systems, such as TOPS20. I'm refering, of course, to the
SUPDUP protocol, RFC 734 of 1978. If you want graphics, you can do that
too: the SUPDUP Graphics extension, RFC 746 March 1978. I suggest you
look at these before doing too much wheel reinvention.

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