From: Greg King (gngking_at_erols.com)
Date: 2005-12-09 00:00:56
From: Rainer Buchty; on December 08, 2005; at 12:22 PM -0500 > > > Interesting. So what operating systems use CR/LF? I always thought that > > only PCs did (Mac, Amiga, C64: CR, Unix: LF); but, at the time the > > KERNAL was written, PCs didn't exist yet. CP/M perhaps? > > Not sure about OSes, but CR/LF is, traditionally speaking, the correct > way 'cause, on the old TTYs, you had to first return the carriage (CR), > and then advance one line (LF). From: Rainer Buchty; on December 08, 2005; at 12:26 PM -0500 > > > CR without LF is useful to print a line or word two times, so it > > appears bold, or to print one character over another, so o+' becomes ó. > > Although, I think BS (\b) would be of better use here, as you don't need > to waste plenty of time for printing spaces, and also can replace > "synthetic" characters on the fly (e.g. ó=o \b ´). Back then, RS-232 printers were built for mainframes and mini-computers (not micro-computers). Their OSes sent that traditional end-of-line sequence. Backspace worked on character printers, but it did not work on line printers. Those devices slapped an entire line onto paper, as fast as they could -- they could not back up in the middle of a line. They needed to start at the beginning of the line, in order to over-print something. I, too, am so incredibly ancient that I remember seeing actual little steel bowls hiding inside of tele-typewriters. When little metal hammers hit them, they said, "ding!" ... ... Ah, memories. :-) Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing list
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