The Augmented-Catalog Console for Project Intrex, Part I.
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS LAB
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The report describes the design of a display-console system for the Project Intrex augmented-catalog program and discusses the considerations that lead to this design. The display-console system consists of several user consoles that are connected to a station containing a drum memory and a small digital computer. The station in turn is connected by communications lines to a time-shared computer that also has the data banks for the augmented catalog attached to it. The user console has an alphanumeric, refreshed-CRT display which is maintained by the drum memory in the station, a typewriter keyboard, mechanical function switches with fexed and dynamically programmable labels, and a light pen. The digital computer in the station allows the user to do simple operations on the displayed data and to obtain a certain amount of tutoring on system use without recourse to the time-shared computer, thus relaxing demands of a single user on the time-shared computer and the communications lines serving that computer. Author
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