About the Wang '669 patent

From: Sam Ismail <dastar_at_wco.com>
Date: Fri Apr 24 23:22:24 1998

On Fri, 24 Apr 1998, Doug Yowza wrote:

> > The problem is, Wang is sueing them for something that almost EVERY piece
> > of software available does! Netscape needs examples of software that do
> > the things in the patent prior to March 30th, 1983.
> It sounds like the Wang patent basically covers rendering formatted
> information on a terminal that was acquired via a remote connection. So,
> what was the closest thing to a Web browser before 1993? GRiD fan that I
> am, I vote for the 1982 GRiD/OS and remote GRiDCentral. GRiD/OS had a
> form and menu based OS interface and actions were based on the file type
> and extension. GRiDCentral (and the LAN-based GRiDServer) basically
> distributed this menu-based filesystem over a remote connection.

There were also hi-res BBS systems, at least in the Apple ][ realm,
whereby graphics commands would be sent down the line to render screens on
the hi-res display.

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