One year after it’s initial creation, the Terminals Wiki has basic data for approximately 550 different terminals.
New data is being added on a regular basis, providing a central location where data from bitsavers, manx, google books and other sources can be concentrated for each type of known terminal.
A common workflow for me has become:
- scan terminals manuals
- upload manuals to bitsavers
- add new bitsavers links to manx
- link new manx documents to the terminals wiki
I’ve recently prototyped a set of mediawiki templates for summarizing the command (ESC) sequences received and transmitted for the different personalities of a terminal. This will provide a quick visual means of comparing the control sequences between two different terminals and give an indication of the complexity of a particular terminal.
So what does this have to do with the graphics museum? Many terminals contained some sort of graphics capability and many early users of computer graphics knew it only through the display capabilities of the terminals they used.
Beyond the historical tie-in, my experience in building the terminals wiki will be applied towards creating a Graphics Wiki, a place where a history of computer graphics can be incrementally constructed through a set of cross-linked articles. Where appropriate, interwiki links will provide a unified view of graphics terminals along with other hardware in the graphics wiki. While this blog provides a way to make casual announcements and posts, it isn’t suitable as a long-term organized reference like a wiki.