[Ffmpeg-devel] [Ss][Nn][Oo][Ww] spelling^wbranding

Erik Slagter erik
Fri May 13 16:27:51 CEST 2005

On Fri, 2005-05-13 at 16:14 +0200, Martin Boehme wrote:
> Erik Slagter wrote:
> > What really puzzles me is that those "caps-only" terminals probably
> > already where using ASCII (yeah, caps ;-)). This means that inputting
> > lower-case characters only needed a shift/caps key on the keyboard. For
> > output, 26 extra entries in character generator rom would be necessary.
> > I can hardly believe that was taking that much space it wouldn't fit in
> > the rom.
> Well, it seems the early versions of both ASCII and EBCDIC didn't 
> support lower-case characters -- so the terminals wouldn't have, either:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ascii
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EBCDIC
> Of course, that just shifts the question to why did the designers of 
> ASCII and EBCDIC go for upper-case only instead of lower-case only...


Also, (according to the wiki) already in 1967 the lower case characters
were added.

Still, current versions of getty still recognise "uppercase" terminals.

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