[TUHS] UNIX Influence on Teletype and Vice Versa

Douglas McIlroy douglas.mcilroy at dartmouth.edu
Tue Sep 19 06:02:20 AEST 2023

Joe Ossanna worked diligently to see that WECo's ASCII teletype really
would come to market and would meet the needs of Unix. He famously
estimated that Bell Labs alone was a sizable market: 777 machines. He
also leaned on WECo to make the return key issue a single newline. And
he specified what non-ascii characters would fill out the 128
positions on the Bell Labs type boxes. This requires encoding 7-bit
ASCII in 8 bits. I don't know whether WECo had been planning to do so


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