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This main page should provide a guide into the rest of the content.

Model Template

Use Template:Infobox terminal for a basic infobox for terminals. User:Legalize/Beehive B100 is a test page demonstrating the template.

All of the information below needs to be included conditionally in the infobox so that only known information is shown.

TODO: Enhance the terminal infobox to contain the following standard set of items:

  • canonical photo
  • model name
  • manufacturer name
  • terminfo name
  • date offered
  • date discontinued
  • communication options: serial, ethernet, polled, etc.
  • operating baud rates, if serial
  • range of displayable characters
  • size of display memory (24 lines by 80 columns, 66 lines by 80 columns, etc.)
  • size of character cell matrix (7x9, etc.), supports half-pixel shift
  • supports a forms/block mode
  • supports line drawing character set
  • supports custom character set
  • half/full duplex
  • video attributes: underline, inverse, bold, half bright, blink
  • color text
  • personalities: i.e. emulates vt52, vt100, 4010, etc., linked to pages emulated
  • graphics resolution, i.e. 640x480
  • graphics color resolution
    • bit depth of color specifications
    • number of colors on screen
    • number of colors in palette
    • depth of frame buffer, i.e. number of bitplanes
  • print technology (thermal, dot matrix, type ball, daisy wheel, type hammer)
  • print dot density (thermal, dot matrix)
  • display technology: dvst, vector crt, raster crt, shaped beam

TODO: Categories of terminals (CRT, graphics, printing, etc.) should be broken out into specialized templates that invoke Template:Infobox terminal.


For documentation that is listed in manx, include a link to the details page for the documentation in manx. (These URLs are permanent and don't change.) This is allows you to link to documents that are known to exist but aren't online. For documents that are online, it allows you to choose a mirror for the document, if any.

For an example, see Hazeltine 1500


Include links to documentation present on bitsavers, but not in manx, as bulleted list inside a section. Eventually everything should transition to manx.

For an example, see Lear Siegler ADM-3A


Use the <ref> tag to cite references and the {{References}} template to list cited references.

TODO: Provide templates for citing Computerworld and InfoWorld articles from google books as they are the most commonly cited reference.

TODO: Implement a page with JavaScript that takes a pasted Computerworld or InfoWorld URL from google books and generates the citation template for pasting.

Computer History Museum Catalog

Use the special interwiki link [[chmcatalog:NNNN|link text]] to link directly to the Computer History Museum's catalog directly for accession number NNNN using the supplied link text.

TODO: make templates for linking to CHM items and providing the boilerplate above.