The 3270 hardware also came equipped, as standard, with the ability to "physically" update a small section of the remote screen buffer (including its text colour, background, input behaviour and other attributes) using a "Write" (modified) command, instead of needing to retransmit the entire screen buffer on every change (anticipating Ajax software technology that re-emerged some 22 years later for web 2.0 based applications and now utilized for online spreadsheets and most other recent applications for similar reasons).
Claiming that the 3270 anticipated Ajax is really, shall I say, "interesting".
I implemented a multi-user chat (similar to Linux talk) on a 3270, so I do appreciate the addressable location feature.
Effectively, the client and server are both keeping a representation of the same terminal character-bufer (like screen(1) or VNC), but instead of sending updates whenever either side changes, updates are explicit. And so most 3270 server software uses the "the client synchronized the buffer to the server" event as the trigger for parsing, validating and persisting the data out of the buffer.
When put that way, it's more like some kind of... REpresentational State Transfer, isn't it?
If this is significant, then the way to help it along is to dig out Wikipedia-quality sources for this software. Someone must have something ...
Sometimes I cannot fathom the logic of Wikipedia, especially wanting to delete this article. From my understanding of the discussion, this is because the entry was made by one of the development team of WRS.
That's the same logic that would have articles created by Albert Einstein deleted because he was documenting his own work and that alone is sufficient reason to discard it, regardless of the actual content or how noteworthy it is/was.
I find the logic perverse as it actively discriminates against potentially valuable information being documented and detailed by original creators; the WRS gives good prior art on some uses of spreadsheet concepts (especially across time dimensions). You don't need to think too much to understand the value in documenting such a concept, especially by the creator/first implementor (which in normal mortal circles would be considered a coup).
While the intention is to stop any random person filling wikipedia with their random nonsense thoughts, it seems quite evident from a quick review of the article that it has merit on a number of levels.
I wonder what Ken Dakin did to upset the Wiki-Overlords?
Keep the article but slap a border or something on it to indicate that it is no a proper wikipedia article.
I can't think an article like this takes up much storage capacity on their servers.
Wikipedia wants to be an encyclopaedia, if you want to publish original research, put it on your blog.
Perhaps there are other, subject-specific wikis where this content would be considered welcome and notable.
Maybe Ken is an HN user? ;)
It did strike me that the author (one of the developers of the system) was - perhaps implicitly - claiming quite a lot of influence for his work.
PS: We had a school trip to ICI Runcorn in around 1975 or so. Alas, I don't remember any dumb terminals (we were in labs and a hall that could cope with 20 schoolboys). We were there to see a demonstration of fluorine chemistry - which definitely made an impression, as did the practical session on fitting and testing gas cylinders (we had nitrogen ones to fit, they weren't daft).