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Re: LYNX-DEV lynx using WYSE 50 terminals

From: Klaus Weide
Subject: Re: LYNX-DEV lynx using WYSE 50 terminals
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 1997 13:58:59 -0500 (CDT)

On Mon, 13 Oct 1997, Bela Lubkin wrote:

> 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...)

If you, or someone, could come up with some adequate text for (PROBLEMS?
INSTALLATION?) to point peaple in the right direction, it would be


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