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Controlling Host and/or Work Station Controller Options Via Terminal Set-up

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113847D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 45K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Amell, SJ: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

A non-programmable terminal provides local set-up options which are passed to the attaching work station controller at terminal power up. The set-up options control work station controller or host functions.

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Controlling Host and/or Work Station Controller Options Via Terminal
Set-up

      A non-programmable terminal provides local set-up options which
are passed to the attaching work station controller at terminal power
up.  The set-up options control work station controller or host
functions.

      Non-Programmable Terminals (NPTs) have provided various NPT
local set-up options.  The set-up options can control NPT functions
like type-a-matic keystroking rate and cursor style (reverse
character or character underscore).

      The NPT could allow the user to specify local set-up options on
the NPT that apply to Work Station Controller (WSC) or host
functions.  At NPT power up, the WSC issues a Read Info command to
the NPT.  New information could be included in the Read Info data
which indicates current values of user set-up options.  This
information can then be used within the WSC or be passed to the host
application.  After the WSC has successfully brought up an NPT, the
host application could send a Query display data stream command.  The
WSC responds with a Query Reply display data stream which contains
information on WSC and NPT capabilities; the local NPT set-up
information could be included in the Query Reply.

Local NPT set-up options could control WSC or host application
functions like:
  o  Where paste data (from cut/paste) is placed: at the text
     cursor position or at the mouse pointer position.
  o  Which mouse buttons perform which WS...