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Proposed Telnet Changes (RFC0340)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003532D
Original Publication Date: 1972-May-15
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 2 page(s) / 2K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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T.C. O'Sullivan: AUTHOR

Abstract

The proposed change to the TELNET protocol calling for one standard protocol and dropping the idea of minimum implementation seems reasonable at this time.

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Network Working Group Tom O'Sullivan

Request for Comments: 340 Raytheon Company

NIC 9933 Sudbury, Mass.

Categories: Telnet

References: RFC 328 15 May 1972

PROPOSED TELNET CHANGES

The proposed change to the TELNET protocol calling for one standard

protocol and dropping the idea of minimum implementation seems

reasonable at this time.

I suggest that both Data Types and Hide Your Input be kept for the

following reasons:

Data Types:

The objection stating that switching out of ASCII results in an

irreversible change and loss of control can be met by requiring other

codes to provide to a return to ASCII. Each other code may have its

own return code, however, it may not always be employed. Other codes

are important for alphanumeric terminals that have special devices

attached. Several potential cases can be cited:

1. Cal comp plotter attached to a teletype has logic permitting a

program to turn the plotter on and off. When operating I believe

it uses an 8 bit code which could conflict with Telnet signals.

2. Numerically controlled machines, either controlled from a user

terminal or code prepared by a HOST computer to be punched on the

paper tape punch at a teletype way require the use of an arbitrary

8 bit code.

3. Experiments controlled from alphanumeric terminal or sensor data

collected through a cal-comp like connection may require the use

of a full 8 bit code.

In these cases a transparent data type with a provision for a return

to ASCII mode seems desirable.

Hide Your Input:

As more and more use of data base systems in the network is

considered, the need for and importance of using access keys,

passwords, etc. grows. The fact that it is difficult to select the

length of input to be hidden is not a persuasive argument. Potential

solutions seem to exist, e.g. the protocol could provide for accepting

length statements from the user program, data base system, operating

system, etc. and in default of this, use a default length representing

the server system expected optimum length.

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