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Network Working Group Jon Postel
Request for Comments: 328 Computer Science
NIC 9635 29 April 72
References: RFC 328
Suggested Telnet Protocol Changes
I hereby propose the following changes to the Telnet protocol. If
no substantial negative response is received by 15 May 72 it will be
assumed that these changes are desired and should be incorporated in
any "Official Telnet Protocol".
First I suggest that we drop the idea of a "minimum"
implementation and require a standard implementation which includes all
aspects of the protocol.
Second I suggest that we eliminate the DATA TYPE signals.
Third I suggest that we do away with HIDE YOUR INPUT signal.
The idea of an accepted implementation which does not include
whole protocol is an admission that the parts of the
protocol left out are either not useful or not expected to be
used, and that other mechanisms will be constructed to provide
those functions. Thus there should be no minimum
implementation, but only the standard implementation which
includes the whole protocol.
The DATA TYPE signals are supposed to allow the communicating
processes to switch from ASCII to some other code set. However,
the other code sets suggested do not allow for the Telnet
signals, and thus once the switch is made the Telnet
protocol is no longer applicable. There is no way to specify
how to get back to ASCII or Telnet thus the
conversation is "out of control".
Hide Your Input:
The HIDE YOUR INPUT signal is supposed to tell the user Telnet
process to do whatever it can to hide the user's
subsequent input. One problem with this is determining
how much input is to be hidden. It is very difficult to find a
method of hiding input which works for all combinations of
systems and terminals, but the HIDE YOUR INPUT signal dosen't
help in any real way.
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