Telnet Data Entry Terminal option: DODIIS implementation
RFC 1043

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Updates RFC 732
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Network Working Group                                          A. Yasuda
Request for Comments: 1043                                   T. Thompson
                                             Defense Intelligence Agency
Updates: RFC 732                                           February 1988

                   TELNET Data Entry Terminal Option
                         DODIIS Implementation

Status of this Memo

   This RFC suggests a proposed protocol on the TELNET Data Entry
   Terminal (DET) Option - DODIIS Implementation for the Internet
   community.  It is intended that this specification be compatible with
   the specification of DET Option in RFC-732.  Discussion and
   suggestions for improvements are encouraged.  Distribution of this
   memo is unlimited.


   In the early 1980s, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) undertook
   the tasks of developing a TELNET capability to access full screen
   applications across a packet switching network.  This effort was
   successful by implementing Data Entry Terminal (DET) options within
   the TELNET protocol based on RFC 732.  These DET options have been
   implemented on IAS, MVS, OS86 and UNIX operating systems.  DET
   options are being developed for VM and VMS operating systems.

   The Department of Defense Intelligence Information System (DODIIS) is
   a confederation of heterogeneous computer systems and remote
   terminals utilizing the Defense Data Network (DDN) as the
   communications backbone (namely the SCINET/DSNET-3).

   Although the reason for implementing a DET option specification was
   based upon data base application interfaces, the use of a full screen
   TELNET provides a method to achieve higher efficiency on the network.
   Most terminal to host applications on the ARPANET are character echo
   TELNETs.  This is both costly in time and network utilization, since
   one character pressed on the keyboard generates a datagram composed
   of TCP/IP headers plus the character sent to the host and the host
   echoes back a similar datagram.  In the DODIIS community, programmers
   are highly encouraged to implement full screen applications; line at
   a time is acceptable; and character remote echo mode is discouraged.

   This RFC in its final form will be implemented on SCINET.  During the
   interim period, the "DODIIS TELNET Network Virtual Data Entry
   Terminal (NVDET) Option Specification", DIA, April 1983, will be

Yasuda & Thompson                                               [Page 1]
RFC 1043              Data Entry Terminal - DODIIS         February 1988

                             TABLE OF CONTENTS
                                                                Page No.

   SECTION 1   COMMAND NAME AND OPTION CODE                          4

   SECTION 2   COMMAND MEANINGS                                      4
                 Facilities Subcommands                              4
                 Edit Subcommands                                    8
                 Transmit Subcommands                                8
                 Erase Subcommands                                  10
                 Format Subcommands                                 10
                 Miscellaneous Subcommands                          13


   SECTION 4   MOTIVATION FOR THE OPTION                            17

                 The DODIIS DET Model                               17
                 Negotiating the DET Option                         18
                 DET Facilities Negotiation                         18
                 General DET Interaction                            19
                 Form Construction                                  20
                 Form response                                      21
                 Function Keys                                      22
                 Field Selection                                    22
                 Out-Of-Context Data                                23
                 Line Discipline                                    23
                 Standard TELNET Control Functions                  24
                 Other Implementation Notes                         24


   APPENDIX 2  DET ERROR CODES                                      26

Yasuda & Thompson                                               [Page 2]
RFC 1043              Data Entry Terminal - DODIIS         February 1988

   The convention in the documentation of the TELNET NVDET Protocol is
   to express numbers in decimal.  Data fields are described left to
   right, with the most significant octet on the left and the least
   significant octet on the right.
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