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Re: [COLD] ~non_terminated...

daemon@ATHENA.MIT.EDU (Sat Jul 27 18:15:40 1996 )

From: Jay Carlson <nop@nop.com>
To: Andrew Wilson <andrew@aaaaaaaa.demon.co.uk>
cc: coldstuff@cold.org
In-reply-to: Your message of "Sat, 27 Jul 96 18:55:23 BST."
Date: Sat, 27 Jul 96 18:02:10 -0400

> Oh, and another thing...

> The ~non_terminated behaviour is there to make output to telnet
> clients look neat:
>    Please enter yes or no [yes]: no
>    ^ server output.............. ^ user input
> Which is kind of pointless if you're not using telnet, but are
> instead using a 'split screen' client which separates input from
> output.

Right, which brings up issues of exactly what your target audience is.
Most of the MOO high-tech people, for example, use clients that assume
that the server speaks newline separated records.  In fact, at least
two clients I know of will lock up hard if they get partial lines in
violation of this protocol.

You guys really need to negotiate for this kind of thing.

> Mmm.

mmm, underdocumented assumptions.

Jay Carlson
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