Rfc0654
TitleTelnet output horizontal tab disposition option
AuthorD. Crocker
DateOctober 1974
Format:TXT=6158 bytes
Status:HISTORIC

TELNET OUTPUT HORIZONTAL TAB DISPOSITION OPTION
RFC 654, NIC 31157 (Oct. 25, 1974)
D. Crocker (UCLA-NMC)
Online file: [ISI]<DCROCKER>NAOHTD.TXT

           TELNET OUTPUT HORIZONTAL TAB DISPOSITION OPTION

1. Command name and code
   NAOHTD 12
      (Negotiate About Output Horizontal Tab Disposition)

2. Command meanings
   In the following, we are discussing a simplex connection, as described in 
   the NAOL and NAOP Telnet options.
      IAC DO NAOHTD
         The data sender requests or agrees to negotiate about output 
         horizontal tab character disposition with the data receiver.  In the 
         case where agreement has been reached and in the absence of further 
         subnegotiations, the data receiver is assumed to be handling output 
         horizontal tab character considerations.
      IAC DON'T NAOHTD
         The data sender refuses to negotiate about output horizontal tab 
         characters with the data receiver, or demands a return to the 
         unnegotiated default mode.
      IAC WILL NAOHTD
         The data receiver requests or agrees to negotiate about output
         horizontal tab characters with the sender. In the case where
         agreement has been reached and in the absence of further
         subnegotiations, the data receiver alone is assumed to be handling
         output horizontal tab character considerations.
      IAC WON'T NAOHTD
         The data receiver refuses to negotiate about output horizontal tab 
         characters, or demands a return to the unnegotiated default mode. 
      IAC SB NAOHTD DS <8-bit value> IAC SE
         The data sender specifies, with the 8-bit value, which party should
         handle output horizontal tab characters and what their disposition
         should be.  The code for DS is 1.
      IAC SB NAOHTD DR <8-bit value> IAC SE
         The data receiver specifies, with the 8-bit value, which party
         should handle output horizontal tab characters and what their
         disposition should be.  The code for DR is 0.

3. Default
   DON'T NAOHTD/WON'T NAOHTD.
      In the default absence of negotiations concerning which party, data
      sender or data receiver, is handling output horizontal tab character
      considerations, neither party is required to handle horizontal tab
      characters and neither party is prohibited from handling them; but it
      is appropriate if at least the data receiver handles horizontal tab
      character considerations, albeit primitively.

5. Description of the Option
   The data sender and the data receiver use the 8-bit value along with the
   DS and DR SB commands as follows:

      8-bit value                      Meaning                       

      0            Command sender suggests that he alone will handle  
                   horizontal tab characters, for the connection.     
      1 to 250     Command sender suggests that the other party alone 
                   should handle horizontal tab characters, but       
                   suggests that a delay of the indicated value be    
                   used. The value is the number of character-times   
                   to wait or number of NULs to insert in the data    
                   stream before sending the next data character. 
      251          Command sender suggests that the other party alone 
                   handle horizontal tabs, but suggests that each     
                   occurrence of the character be replaced by a space. 
      252          Command sender suggests that the other party alone 
                   handle horizontal tabs, but suggests that they be  
                   discarded.                                         
      253          Command sender suggests that the other party alone 
                   should handle horizontal tab characters, but       
                   suggests that tabbing be simulated.                
      254          Command sender suggests that the other party alone 
                   should handle horizontal tab characters, but       
                   suggests that waiting for a character to be        
                   transmitted (on the other simplex connection)      
                   before sending more data. Note that, due to the    
                   assynchrony of the two simplex connections, phase  
                   problems can occur with this option.               
      255          Command sender suggests that the other party alone 
                   should handle output horizontal tabs and suggests  
                   nothing about how it should be done.

   The guiding rules are that: 

      1) if neither data receiver nor data sender wants to handle output 
      horizontal tab characters, the data receiver must do it, and
      2) if both data receiver and data sender wants to handle output 
      horizontal tab characters, the data sender gets to do it.