by Darius Kazemi, April 16 2019
RFC-106 is titled “User/Server Site Protocol Network Host Questionnaire”. It's authored by Thomas O'Sullivan of RDS. This stands for Raytheon Data Systems, which was founded in 1971 by consolidating a few of Raytheon's computing departments.
The technical content
This RFC is a questionnaire for ARPANET site users to fill out. It's intended to gather information about the various computing configurations at the different sites, so that a formal TELNET specification could meet everyone's needs. Recall that TELNET was originally proposed way back in RFC-15, but it was merely a proposal and not a robust specification.
The form asks ten questions, five of which are long-standing ARPANET issues:
- if their system transmits line-by-line or character-by-character
- how do you implement carriage return, line feed, and new line
- how do you handle interrupts
- what's your character encoding
- are you full duplex or half duplex
The form is meant to be filled out and then sites will be contacted by telephone to give their answers. I'm unsure as to how they could provide satisfactory answers to some of these questions without diagrams or formulas, though.