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Re: LYNX-DEV lynx using WYSE 50 terminals

From: Bela Lubkin
Subject: Re: LYNX-DEV lynx using WYSE 50 terminals
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 1997 13:22:15 +0000

T.E.Dickey wrote:

> > SCO's terminfo for Wyse 50's pretends that it has only one attribute,
> > and uses the "protected field" bit for it.  This allows you to get one
> > and only one on-screen attribute at a time (reverse video), *without*
> > the use of magic cookies and their associated "glitch".

> I know about that (my comments were about modifications for ncurses to
> handle the uglier cases ;-).  ncurses has a version of that, anyway.

Which is the default wy50 terminfo entry provided with ncurses (or in
the central terminfo repository -- and BTW, is Eric S. Raymond still
maintaining that)?  I argue that the default should be the 1-attribute
no-cookies version.  Many curses programs cannot run right with cookies,
no matter how well curses does it.  Lynx *might* be a lucky exception
since highlighted entities are often separated from each other by
spaces, or are logically distinct in a manner that would reduce the harm
of magic cookie-induced spaces.

(This is mostly irrelevant to Lynx...)


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