RFC 1053 Telnet X.3 PAD option

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Network Working Group                                            S. Levy
Request for Comments: 1053                                   T. Jacobson
                                          Minnesota Supercomputer Center
                                                              April 1988

                         Telnet X.3 PAD Option

Status of this Memo

   This RFC proposes a new option to Telnet for the Internet community,
   and requests discussion and suggestions for improvements.
   Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

1.  Command name and code

   X.3-PAD                30

2.  Command meanings

   IAC  DO     X.3-PAD

      The issuing telnet requests that its peer perform X.3-PAD
      functions, or accepts an offer to do so.

   IAC  DON'T  X.3-PAD

      The issuing telnet demands that its peer not perform or cease
      performing X.3-PAD functions.

   IAC  WILL   X.3-PAD

      The issuing telnet offers to perform X.3-PAD functions or confirms
      that it will do so.

   IAC  WON'T  X.3-PAD

      The issuing telnet refuses to perform X.3-PAD functions or
      indicates that it is ceasing to handle them.

   Typically a server (host) telnet will use DO and DON'T, while a
   client (user) telnet will use WILL and WON'T.  For convenience, in
   the rest of this RFC 'host' and 'user' telnets refer to those saying
   'DO X.3-PAD' or 'WILL X.3-PAD' respectively.

   Both telnet peers may use this option without confusion, as all
   messages unambiguously identify whether they come from the host

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   ("DO") or the user ("WILL") side.

      Once DO and WILL have been exchanged, the host ("DO") telnet may
      send the following messages:

   IAC SB  X.3-PAD  SET           <param1> <value1> ...  IAC SE
   IAC SB  X.3-PAD  RESPONSE-SET  <param1> <value1> ...  IAC SE
   IAC SB  X.3-PAD  SEND          IAC SE

      while the user ("WILL") telnet may send the following messages:

   IAC SB  X.3-PAD  IS            <param1> <value1> ...  IAC SE
   IAC SB  X.3-PAD  RESPONSE-IS   <param1> <value1> ...  IAC SE

   The code for SET          is 0
   The code for RESPONSE-SET is 1
   The code for IS           is 2
   The code for RESPONSE-IS  is 3
   The code for SEND         is 4

      Messages listing parameter-value pairs may contain any number of
      such pairs, including zero.  Each parameter and each value
      occupies one octet, except that 255 (IAC) is doubled wherever it

3.  Default conditions

   The initial state is DON'T X.3-PAD, WON'T X.3-PAD.  This RFC does not
   specify default values for most X.3 parameters.  If the host telnet
   wishes a particular initial state (as it normally will), it should
   negotiate for it after exchange of DO/WILL messages.

   X.3-PAD parameter values need not be preserved except when DO/WILL
   X.3-PAD is in effect.  Thus if a host enables ("DO") X.3-PAD,
   negotiates about some parameters, then for some reason disables
   ("DONT") and later re-enables X.3-PAD, it must renegotiate any
   parameters it cares about.

   Keeping in mind that the host telnet may not recognize all the
   parameters known to the user telnet, it is suggested that the user
   telnet's initial parameters allow a reasonable level of service even
   if they are never changed (e.g., it would be unwise to begin with all
   data forwarding conditions disabled).  Extensions to X.3 should
   default to states resembling normal X.3 service where possible.

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4.  Motivation for the option

   Where interactive terminals (or computers simulating them) are
   attached to host computers across a network, it is often desirable to
   provide them the same services as have long been provided for
   terminals directly attached to those hosts.

   Many systems handle this by simply leaving all character processing
   to the host running the applications.  Each character typed by the
   user is sent, often in its own packet, immediately to the host.  This
   gives good control over interaction, but can cause a significant load
   on hosts and networks.  Long-distance packet networks tend to be
   unreasonably slow or expensive or both when used in this mode.

   Suitable character processing on the client (near the user's
   terminal) can greatly improve the situation.  Unfortunately for
   standardization efforts, there are many possible approaches with
   differing purposes.

   Some have already been proposed as Telnet options.  The Remote
   Controlled Transmission and Echo option, [3], provides fine control
   over local buffering and echoing.  The SUPDUP option, [4], offers a
   variety of input and display functions in terminal-independent form.

   This RFC's proposal is intended to support efficient, approximate
   emulation, across a Telnet connection, of a host's normal handling of
   character-oriented terminals.  Ideally, a user and an application
   program would not need to know whether they were linked by an RS-232
   line or a TCP/IP network, except where the medium required a
   distinction (e.g., when establishing a connection).

   Server implementors would wish for enough to emulate, purely locally,
   everything offered by their host's operating system; on the other
   hand, a standard calling on user telnets to provide all terminal
   handling functions of all known operating systems will find few
   implementors.  One might settle on a subset of common operations, but
   which ones?

   The CCITT world has used one approach to these problems: the set of
   PAD services defined by recommendation X.3.  This RFC proposes that
   the Internet community adopt that solution to handle the same
   problems under Telnet.  It is fairly simple, widely known and used,
   extensible, and solves most of the relevant problems.

   Adopting X.3 would have another advantage.  X.25 is the dominant
   worldwide standard interface between commercial packet networks and
   Internet systems, as evidenced by the DDN's adoption of X.25 basic
   and standard services as replacements for BBN 1822 and HDH.  Telnet

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   and X.3 PAD traffic will have to coexist on X.25 networks; there will
   be a consequential desire for effective interoperation at the virtual
   terminal level.  Extending Telnet along these lines would vastly
   simplify bridging the two.

   Described here is a scheme for implementing X.3 services and
   negotiating their parameters across a Telnet connection.

5.  Description of the option

   Many, though not all, X.3 services are meaningful in the context of
   remote terminal processing; for some, it may be desirable to allow
   local control (by the user) but not remote control (by the server
   host).  Some functions may not be provided, or provided in only
   limited form, by particular implementations.  In general, an
   implementation should follow the Telnet norm of requesting desired
   service but continuing to function somehow in case it is not

   Negotiations are asymmetrical.  Since the user telnet is charged with
   local character handling while engaged in the session with the remote
   host, the X.3 parameters "belong" to the user side.  The host telnet
   requests parameter changes with SET or RESPONSE-SET messages.  Host
   requests might be on behalf of an application program, for example,
   disabling local echo while a password is being entered.  The user
   telnet should give its "best effort" to accommodate these requests,
   but guarantees nothing except accurate status reporting.

   A user telnet may allow the local user to request parameter changes
   too, though this RFC does not specify a way.

   Where requests conflict, or where a user telnet cannot satisfy a
   request, the user telnet has the last word, since it does the
   relevant character processing.  It may allow control from the host
   only, from the user only, may seek a compromise type of processing
   and so on, at the implementor's discretion.

   Host ("DO") telnets may also ask the user telnet to SEND its current
   parameter values.  The user ("WILL") telnet must reply to each SEND
   message with a RESPONSE-IS message listing the values of all the
   parameters it knows about.  It is strongly recommended that all
   parameters known to the telnet implementor be included in this list,
   even if their values cannot be changed.  The intent is to give the
   host telnet the most complete information possible about the style of
   interaction which the user telnet is providing.

   If possible, user telnets should also inform the server host (with an
   IS message) whenever local conditions (e.g., user requests) change a

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   parameter's state.  This may not be feasible in some circumstances,
   and such behavior is negotiable -- see the discussion of parameter 0.

   Note that there are no "error" messages defined in section 2.  Almost
   all detectable errors (use of nonexisistent parameters or undefined
   values for known parameters) are indistinguishable from valid uses of
   options known to one peer but not the other.  Hosts will normally
   wish to poll the user telnet's state after making a request anyway,
   so error responses do not seem to be needed.

   The protocol messages listed in section 2 are to be used as follows.

   SET and RESPONSE-SET ask the user telnet to change its values for the
   given X.3 parameters.  The user telnet ignores unrecognized
   parameters; it sends no reply.  The host sends SET to begin a
   negotiation, when some event on the host side causes a change in the
   desired set of parameters.  The host sends RESPONSE-SET to continue
   negotiation, when it is dissatisfied with the user telnet's choice of
   parameters indicated in a RESPONSE-IS message.  Typically, the host
   will test the user telnet's chosen behavior by issuing a SEND message
   following the SET or RESPONSE-SET, though the user telnet should not
   rely on this.

   A SEND message from the host demands that the user telnet send

   IS and RESPONSE-IS inform the host telnet of the current states of
   some or all of the user telnet's parameters.  The user telnet sends
   IS when the user telnet changes a parameter for some local reason,
   e.g., at a request from the (human) user.  An IS message may but need
   not list all parameters, e.g., it might list just those which

   It sends RESPONSE-IS in answer to each SEND request from the host.
   Every RESPONSE-IS should list ALL X.3-PAD parameters known to the
   user telnet implementor, even those which cannot be changed.  Any
   host requests (SET or RESPONSE-SET) received before a SEND message
   should be processed before sending the answering RESPONSE-IS, so that
   their effects are reflected in the parameter values indicated there.

   To permit synchronization (which SEND is this an answer to?), the
   user telnet should count SEND messages, and send exactly one

   One might think that this protocol could be implemented with only
   SET, SEND and IS messages.  The seemingly redundant RESPONSE-SET and
   RESPONSE-IS codes are needed to let both the user and host telnets
   distinguish new peer requests from attempts to renegotiate previous

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   actions, while preventing potential infinite negotiation loops.

   SET and IS messages are sent when the host or user telnet wishes to
   inform its peer of a change in the X.3 processing mode desired by
   some higher level entity.  This might happen at initialization, or on
   user or application-program request.  The important thing is that
   these messages are NOT sent merely in response to another X.3-PAD
   message from the peer.

   RESPONSE-SET and RESPONSE-IS messages should be sent in reply to a
   peer's [RESPONSE-]IS or SEND message.  They reflect negotiation at
   the telnet level, rather than changes in the higher-level
   environment.  A host which sends a SEND message may complain about
   the status indicated in the answering RESPONSE-IS by sending
   RESPONSE-SET but not SET.

   Under this scheme, a possible rule for preventing infinite
   negotiations would be for the host to send at most zero, one, or some
   fixed number, of RESPONSE-SET messages following receipt of one IS
   message or one higher-level host-side request.  After that, the host
   telnet simply accepts the user telnet's last offer as well as it can.
   Note that only the host needs to worry about loop prevention, since
   it does all the asking.

   A given parameter should not be listed more than once in a single

   A sample negotiation might look like this.  (Here line breaks are not
   meaningful; ASCII carriage returns and line feeds are indicated by
   <CR> and <LF>; other characters stand for themselves.  In the IAC SB
   octet values.)

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         Host:   <CR><LF>%
                                          (User types "cd gibber<CR>")
         User:   cd gibber<CR><LF>
         Host:   Password required.<CR>LF>
                                               (Host disables echoing)
              IAC SB X.3-PAD SET 2 0 IAC SE
                                               (Host polls for status)
              IAC SB X.3-PAD SEND IAC SE
         User:                        (User telnet has disabled local
                                       echo.  Note that some
                                       parameters (e.g., 9, 10, 11)
                                       are not present, presumably
                                       unimplemented, and a few
                                       extension parameters
                                       (129, 134) in extension
                                       set 1 are also defined.)
               IAC SB X.3-PAD RESPONSE-IS 1 29 2 0 3 2 4 0 5 0 7 17 8 0
                                         12 0 13 3 15 1 16 8 17 21 18 0
                                         128 1 129 23 134 1 IAC SE
         Host:    password:
                                              (User types "squeak<CR>",
         User:    squeak<CR><LF>                  which is not echoed.)
         Host:                                (Host re-enables echoing)
                  IAC SB X.3-PAD SET 2 1 IAC SE
                                              (Host polls for status)
                  IAC SB X.3-PAD SEND IAC SE
                IAC SB X.3-PAD RESPONSE-IS 1 29 2 1 3 2 4 0 5 0 7 17 8 0
                                          12 0 13 3 15 1 16 8 17 21 18 0
                                          128 1 129 23 134 1 IAC SE

6.  Parameters

   In outline, the X.3-PAD option uses the following parameters.

      Parameter 0 indicates whether the user telnet notifies the host
      about parameter changes made for local reasons.

      Parameters 1 through 22 are basically those of CCITT X.3, with
      some changes in interpretation; they are listed in detail below.

      Parameters 23 through 127 are reserved for potential extensions to
      CCITT's X.3 definition.

      Parameter 128 selects an "extension set", determining the meaning
      of parameters 129 through 255.  One extension set is proposed in
      this RFC, others may be added.  The extension mechanism is
      explained under parameter 128's description.

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      Parameters 129 through 255 are meaningful only when defined in the
      extension set indicated by the current value of parameter 128.

   It should NOT be assumed that all implementations will necessarily
   support all parameters defined here, or all values of those
   parameters.  Supported parameter/value combinations, however, should
   behave as described here.

   The following parameter is specific to this Telnet option.

   Parameter 0 -- Notify host of user-initiated parameter changes.

     Code 0 -- Host is not notified.
     Code 1 -- User telnet notifies host by sending IS message.

     If the user telnet, for some local reason, changes a parameter,
     should it send an IS message to the host?  This is desirable, since
     the host telnet cannot be sure of knowing the user telnet's current
     status otherwise.  On the other hand, some user telnets may be
     unable to send notification.  Consider a user calling from an X.25
     PAD through an X.25-to-telnet gateway.  The user may change local
     PAD parameters freely, but since normal PADs send no message when
     this happens, the gateway cannot inform the host telnet.  Moreover,
     some sloppy host telnets may not wish to know about user parameter

     In normal usage, the host will ask to SET parameter 0 to its
     preferred state upon initialization; the user telnet accepts the
     setting if it can; then the host polls (using SEND) for the user
     telnet's decision.  A disappointed host might periodically poll for
     changes, or admonish the (human) user not to change parameters, or
     remain silent and simply work oddly if changes are made.

The following parameters are as defined by the 1984 CCITT X.3 standard.

Numbers are in decimal.

Parameter 1 -- Character to escape to local telnet command mode.

     Code 0 -- No ASCII character performs this function (though
               some special mechanism, e.g., a function key, still may).
     Code 1 -- DLE (ASCII code 16).
     Codes 32 through 126 -- ASCII code of the character.

     Codes 2 through 31 are not defined by X.3, but might also be taken
     to refer to the corresponding ASCII control characters.  X.3 seems
     to be unable to name SOH (control-A) as a command escape character.

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Parameter 2 -- Local echo of characters typed by the user.

     Code 0 -- No local echo.
     Code 1 -- Local echo.

     Several echoing styles are possible.  Parameter 13 selects whether
     a carriage return echoes as itself or as CR LF.  Parameter 20 may
     suppress echoing of particular ASCII characters.  The extension
     parameter 134 selects a style for echoing non-printing characters
     such as ESC.

Parameter 3 -- Set of forwarding characters.

     The value is bit-encoded; each nonzero bit specifies a set of
     characters.  The user telnet should accept characters from the
     user's keyboard, buffering them until it receives any of the
     specified characters (or until some other forwarding condition is
     satisfied, see below), and then sending the buffer to the host.

     It may forward earlier if necessary, e.g., if it runs out of buffer
     space.  It MUST eventually forward after receiving one of the
     indicated characters.

     Code 0 -- No forwarding characters.
     Code 1 -- Alphanumeric characters (a-z, A-Z, 0-9).
     Code 2 -- CR.
     Code 4 -- ESC, BEL, ENQ, ACK.
     Code 8 -- DEL, CAN, DC2.
     Code 16 -- ETX, EOT.
     Code 32 -- HT, LF, VT, FF.
     Code 64 -- ASCII character codes 0 through 31 not listed above.

     Note that there is no way provided here to forward on printable,
     non-alphanumeric characters (punctuation marks).

     Codes may be added to select the union of the associated sets of

Parameter 4 -- Forward after idle time.

     When this parameter is nonzero, the user telnet sends its input
     buffer to the host after a given period in which no characters are
     typed, even if no forwarding character was received.

     Code 0 -- Infinite time limit.
     Codes 1 through 255 -- Time limit in 1/20 second units.

     The value "1" may be taken to mean "forward immediately" if timed

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     input is inconvenient to provide.  For other values, when timing is
     available but the exact requested value is not, rounding to larger
     time delays is suggested.  If timing is requested but none is
     available, immediate forwarding on every character is much
     preferred over an infinite time limit.

     Note the interaction with parameter 15, Local editing, and the
     notes made under that heading.

Parameter 5 -- Flow control of user-to-host data.

     A user telnet may be overwhelmed by data typed by the user.  If
     parameter 5 is 1, it may output X-OFF (DC3, ASCII code 19) to ask
     the user to suspend input and X-ON (DC1, ASCII code 17) when the
     user may resume typing.

     Code 0 -- X-OFF and X-ON considered normal output data.
     Code 1 -- X-OFF and X-ON used to control user input.

     The extension parameters 130 and 131, if defined, specify other
     codes to be used instead of ASCII DC3 and DC1.

Parameter 6, referring to messages sent from the PAD to the user,
                does not seem to be relevant in this context.

Parameter 7 -- Function of Break, Interrupt, Attention, etc.

     This parameter describes handling of some special key or other
     character, implementation-defined, on the user's keyboard.  It is
     bit-encoded; codes may be added to select multiple functions.
     Multiple functions may be performed in any order.  Any messages
     generated should be promptly sent to the host.

     Code 0 -- No action.
     Code 1 -- Send interrupt packet (Telnet IAC IP).
     Code 2 -- Reset (break Telnet connection).
     Code 4 -- Discard input from user not yet consumed by host.
     Code 8 -- Escape to local Telnet command mode.
     Code 16 -- Discard output from host (see parameter 8).

     The X.25 'Interrupt', 'Reset', and 'Indication of Break' messages
     are here translated to Telnet equivalents.  See section 8 for
     suggestions on discarding input and output.

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Parameter 8 -- Discarding output from host.

     This parameter is intended as a flag, indicating whether host
     output is being ignored.

     Code 0 -- Host output is sent to user.
     Code 1 -- Host output is discarded.

     This parameter is normally used in conjunction with parameter 7
     when the 16's bit (Discard output on Break/Interrupt/Attention) is
     set.  An implementation is suggested in section 8 of this RFC.

     Note that, if a signal from the user causes parameter 8 to be
     changed and parameter 0 is set to 1, an X.3-PAD IS message should
     be sent to the host.

Parameter 9 -- Padding after carriage return.

     This parameter selects insertion of ASCII NUL padding characters
     after output of each carriage return.

     Codes 0 through 7 -- Insert that many padding characters.

Parameter 10 -- Line folding.

     Output lines may be folded (e.g., by insertion of carriage return
     and line feed) when they exceed a specified width.

     Code 0 -- No output line folding.
     Codes 1 through 255 -- Fold lines after that many characters.

Parameter 11 -- Bit rate.

     This parameter indicates the serial data rate of the user's
     terminal, if any.  Though CCITT X.3 considers this parameter to be
     read-only, it may be meaningful to allow the host to set as well as
     read this value, thus changing the user's line speed dynamically.

     Code 0 -- 110 bps            Code 10 -- 50 bps
     Code 1 -- 134.5 bps          Code 11 -- 75 bps in, 1200 out
     Code 2 -- 300 bps            Code 12 -- 2400 bps
     Code 3 -- 1200 bps           Code 13 -- 4800 bps
     Code 4 -- 600 bps            Code 14 -- 9600 bps
     Code 5 -- 75 bps             Code 15 -- 19200 bps
     Code 6 -- 150 bps            Code 16 -- 48000 bps
     Code 7 -- 1800 bps           Code 17 -- 56000 bps
     Code 8 -- 200 bps            Code 18 -- 64000 bps
     Code 9 -- 100 bps

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Parameter 12 -- Flow control of host-to-user data.

     When this parameter is 1, the user may type X-OFF (DC3, ASCII code
     19) to suspend printing output, and X-ON (DC1, ASCII code 17) to
     resume output.

     Code 0 -- X-OFF and X-ON are sent as data to host.
     Code 1 -- X-OFF and X-ON control output.

     See also the extension parameters 130, 131 and 132.

Parameter 13 -- Line feed insertion; Telnet CR LF vs CR NUL.

     The CCITT uses this parameter to select whether a typed CR should
     be sent as CR or CR-LF, whether an output CR should have a LF
     printed after it, and whether an echoed CR should be echoed with an
     accompanying LF.

     Here, it resolves the questions of mapping between the Telnet CR-LF
     sequence and single ASCII codes (i.e., when the user presses the
     carriage return key, should CR LF or CR NUL be sent to the host?
     When the host sends CR LF, should the user see CR LF or merely CR?)

     The value is bit-encoded; codes may be added to select multiple

     Code 0 -- No line feed insertion
               (typed CR sent as CR NUL; host CR LF printed as CR).
     Code 1 -- Add line feed on output (host CR LF printed as CR LF).
     Code 2 -- Add line feed on input (typed CR sent as CR LF to host).
     Code 4 -- When echoing a typed CR locally, echo as CR LF.

     Note the interaction with the TRANSMIT-BINARY Telnet option [5].
     If the host has said WILL TRANSMIT-BINARY, then CR has no special
     meaning on output; it always stands for the single character CR
     regardless of this parameter's value.  If the user telnet has said
     WILL TRANSMIT-BINARY, a typed CR should likewise always be sent as
     itself and not as CR LF or CR NUL.

Parameter 14 -- Output padding after line feed.

     Gives the number of ASCII NUL padding characters to be sent to the
     user's terminal after each output line feed.

     Codes 0 through 7 -- Send that many padding characters.

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Parameter 15 -- Local editing.

     If this parameter is 1, the character delete, line delete and line
     reprint functions (parameters 16, 17 and 18), if implemented,
     should be enabled.  Data should be sent to the host when a
     forwarding character (see parameter 3) is typed or in case the user
     telnet's input buffer becomes full.

     Note the interaction with parameter 4, Forward after idle time.
     User telnets need not handle the case where idle-time forwarding
     and local editing are both enabled, i.e., the host should
     explicitly request changing parameter 4 to 0 along with setting
     parameter 15 to 1.

     Code 0 -- No input editing.  Any editing characters are considered
     Code 1 -- Input editing.  Editing characters edit the input buffer.

Parameter 16 -- Character-delete character.

     While local editing (parameter 15) is enabled, typing this
     character erases the last character in the editing buffer, if any.
     When editing is disabled, this character is not treated specially.

     Code 0 -- No character has this function.
     Codes 1 through 127 -- ASCII code of character-delete character.

     See also parameter 19.

Parameter 17 -- Line-delete character.

     While local editing (parameter 15) is enabled, this character
     erases the entire contents of the editing buffer.  When editing is
     disabled, this character is not treated specially.

     Code 0 -- No character has this function.
     Codes 1 through 127 -- ASCII code of line-delete character.

     See also parameter 19.

Parameter 18 -- Line-display character.

     While local editing (parameter 15) is enabled, typing this
     character causes the current contents of the editing buffer to be
     printed on the user's terminal; nothing is sent to the host.  When
     editing is disabled, this character is not treated specially.

     Code 0 -- No character has this function.

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     Codes 1 through 127 -- ASCII code of line-display character.

Parameter 19 -- Editing service signals.

     This determines what is echoed to the user when local editing is
     enabled and the character-delete or line-delete character is

     Code 0 -- Nothing is echoed.
     Code 1 -- Editing style is suitable for printing terminals.
     Code 2 -- Editing style is suitable for display terminals.
     Codes 8 and 32-126 -- Echo that ASCII character for

     X.3 is specific on handling character- and line-deletion.  If
     parameter 19 is 1, echo character-delete with a "line delete with
     three X's followed by CR LF.  If 2, a character-delete echoes BS
     SPACE BS, while a line delete echoes enough BS SPACE BS's to erase
     the entire line.  If 8 or 32-126, character-delete echoes that
     character, and line delete echoes XXX CR LF.  An extension
     parameter could override these, selecting other styles if desired,
     though none is proposed here.

Parameter 20 -- Echo mask.

     When local echoing, parameter 2, is enabled, each nonzero bit in
     this bit-encoded parameter's value suppresses echoing of some
     subset of ASCII characters.  Adding values suppresses echo for the
     union of the specified subsets.

     Code 0   --  all ASCII characters are echoed.
     Code 1   --  CR is not echoed.
     Code 2   --  LF is not echoed.
     Code 4   --  VT, HT, and FF are not echoed.
     Code 8   --  BEL and BS are not echoed.
     Code 16  --  ESC and ENQ are not echoed.
     Code 32  --  ACK, NAK, STX, SOH, EOT, ETB and ETX are not echoed.
     Code 64  --  Editing characters are not echoed.
     Code 128 --  other non-printing ASCII characters, and DEL, not

     Nothing is echoed when parameter 2 is 0.  Some characters should
     not be echoed regardless of parameter 20.  If any of parameters 5,
     12, or 22 are enabled (non-zero), then the XON and XOFF characters
     should not be echoed.  Nor should the escape-to-local command mode
     character, parameter 1.

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Parameter 21 -- Parity.

     This parameter determines whether parity is checked on user input
     and generated on output to the user.  Values may be added to select

     Code 0 -- Parity neither generated nor checked.
     Code 1 -- Even parity checked on input.
     Code 2 -- Even parity generated on output.

Parameter 22 -- Page wait.

     If enabled, this parameter causes the user telnet to pause after
     every N lines of output as if X-OFF had been received.  Output
     resumes when X-ON is typed.

     Code 0 -- No pause.
     Codes 1-255 -- Pause after output of that many line feeds.

     See also parameters 130, 131 and 132.

The following parameters are not part of CCITT X.3, but use the
extension mechanism proposed for this Telnet option.

Parameter 128 -- Extension set number.

     This parameter selects one of a potentially large number of
     "extension sets" -- more or less coherent collections of parameters
     added to the basic X.3 family.  User telnets may support several
     extension sets.  The host may determine whether a particular one is
     supported by trying to set parameter 128.  The user telnet should
     accept the value if it provides some or all of the parameters in
     that set.

     Extension sets might be defined for a variety of purposes.  For
     example, Berkeley UNIX tty emulation, VMS emulation, Telenet's
     extended parameters, French national PDN parameters, and so on.

     Initial values need not be specified for extension parameters
     (i.e., a host should explicitly negotiate for their values after
     selecting an extension set).  However, it is recommended that
     default settings give service that resembles normal CCITT X.3
     behavior where possible.

     Extension sets are mutually exclusive.  Different sets may use the
     same parameters (from 129 through 255) for different purposes.

     Only one extension set is in effect at a time.  That is, if a host

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     requests service X from extension set A, then switches to extension
     set B and requests its service Y, it should not expect that service
     X is still being provided.

     Some values of this parameter are reserved:

     Code 0 -- Null extension set.  Only (a subset of) the basic CCITT
                 X.3 parameters is provided.  Every user telnet should
                 accept this setting.
     Code 1 -- (A subset of) the extension set 1 parameters described
                 below is provided.
     Code 255 -- Reserved for purely local (e.g., to a site), non-
                 standard collections of extensions.

     Other extension sets may be proposed and assigned set numbers in
     the range 2 through 254.

          Set number are registered with the Internet Assigned Numbers
          Coordinator at USC-ISI.  Please contact:

               Joyce K. Reynolds
               USC Information Sciences Institute
               Suite 1001
               4676 Admiralty Way
               Marina del Rey, CA  90292-6695

               213-822-1511   JKReynolds@ISI.EDU

The following parameters form extension set number 1.

Parameter 129, extension set 1 -- Word-delete character.

     Typing this character while local editing is enabled causes the
     last word in the editing buffer to be erased.  Several definitions
     for a "word" are in common use; this RFC does not specify one.
     There should be an indication to the user of what was erased.  When
     editing is disabled, this character is not treated specially.

     Code 0 -- No character has this function.
     Codes 1 through 127 -- ASCII code of word-delete character.

Parameter 130, extension set 1 -- Flow control OFF character.

     Parameter 131, extension set 1 -- Flow control ON character.
     Typing these characters while parameter 12 is enabled cause output
     to be suspended or resumed, respectively.  The user telnet may send
     them to the user while parameter 5 is enabled to ask the user to
     cease or resume supplying input.

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     If defined, these parameters should have default values of 19
     (ASCII DC3) for parameter 130, and 17 (ASCII DC1) for parameter

     Code 0 -- No character has this function.
     Codes 1 through 127 -- Function performed by that ASCII code.

Parameter 132, extension set 1 -- Host-to-user flow control convention.

     Some styles of flow control accept only a particular character
     (e.g., X-ON) to resume output; others resume on receipt of any
     character.  This parameter selects which to use.  The default
     should be zero, as this matches the X.3 convention.

     Code 0 -- Resume output only when correct character is received.
     Code 1 -- Resume output when any character is received.

Parameter 133, extension set 1 -- Alternate Attention, etc., character.

     This character serves as a synonym for the Break, Attention, etc.,
     key whose function is given by parameter 7.

     Code 0 -- No ASCII character has this function
               (there may still be a special key or other mechanism).
     Codes 1 through 127 -- ASCII code of the character.

Parameter 134, extension set 1 -- Local echo style.

     This parameter selects how non-printing characters should be
     echoed, when parameter 2 is set to 1.  The default should be zero,
     where all characters are simply echoed as themselves (except
     possibly carriage return; see parameter 13).

     Code 0 -- All characters echo as themselves.
     Code 1 -- Non-editing control characters echo as ^X for some
               printable character X.

     See also parameters 2, Local echo, and 20, Echo mask, which may
     suppress echo of some or all characters regardless of this

Parameter 135, extension set 1 -- Accept following character as data.

     After typing this character, the next character entered is accepted
     as data for transmission to the host even if it would normally have
     a special meaning.

     The default should be zero.

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     Code 0 -- No character has this function.
     Codes 1 through 127 -- ASCII code of the character.

Parameter 136, extension set 1 -- Character to toggle discarding output.

     Typing this character changes the state of parameter 8 (discarding
     host-to-user output) from 0 to 1 or from 1 to 0.  Thus an
     indeterminate amount of host output, received between successive
     instances of this character, will be discarded.

     As usual, the host should be notified of each change if parameter 0
     is set to 1.  The host might wish to send SET messages at
     appropriate points (e.g., preceding command prompts) to re-enable

     The default should be zero.

     Code 0 -- No character performs this function (though another
     mechanism still may do so).

     Codes 1 through 127 -- Typing that character toggles parameter 8.

Parameter 137, extension set 1 -- User-to-host bits per character.

Parameter 138, extension set 1 -- Host-to-user bits per character.

     These parameters determine whether, for example, a full 8-bit input
     or output data path is available, or whether the most significant
     bit(s) of input or output data is stripped.  Typical values would
     be 7 or 8.

     Note that an 8-bit data path does not by itself imply transparent
     input/output; CR -> CR LF translation, XON/XOFF interpretation,
     parity and so on must also be disabled to achieve this.

7.  Subsets, Extensions and Conflicts

   An option as complex (and easy to extend) as this one, needs a policy
   for what subsets and extensions are allowed, and recommendations for
   negotiating one's way through a maze of partial implementations.  In
   short, what does it mean to say DO or WILL X.3-PAD?

   A basic principle is that, since hardly any user telnet
   implementation will provide all possible features, a host cannot
   expect to get precisely any desired kind of service.

    [This may be an arguable point.  The CCITT defines a mandatory
    subset of supported values for each X.3 parameter, with further

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    values optional.  For example, the set of forwarding characters,
    parameter 4, must accept at least the values 0 (none), 2 (carriage
    return), and 126 (any control character or DEL).  Though it would be
    possible to adopt the CCITT's set of mandatory values there, I don't
    think that would be desirable for two reasons.

    First, some of the features specified (e.g., timed input) may be
    hard to implement in some environments, and may well not be
    necessary for many applications.

    Second, this option provides for definition of entirely new
    parameters.  Unlike the X.3 case, one peer may use parameters whose
    very existence is unknown to the other.  So one cannot specify
    mandatory or default values for ALL parameters.]

   On the other hand, a host is at least entitled to know what kind of
   service is being provided to the ultimate user.  A user telnet's
   status report may be incomplete (not describing features its
   implementor did not know of); it may not describe the style of
   interaction the host (or user, or application) would wish for, but it
   should at least describe reality.

   For telnet parameters with a range of possible values, if a user
   telnet implements only one "enabled" and one "disabled" value, it
   should choose the "enabled" value when asked for a setting it cannot
   supply.  A VMS telnet, for example, might allow only DEL or nothing
   as the character-delete code.  If a host asks it to use "backspace",
   it should choose DEL rather than nothing. The host may then interpret
   this contrary behavior as indicating a preferred value.

   The problem of conflicting parameters, where several parameters
   control overlapping services and may conflict, is a serious one. The
   extension set scheme (see parameter 128) is intended to limit the
   problem.  Each extension set's parameters should be selfconsistent
   and consistent with the CCITT X.3 parameters, but separate extension
   sets need not be concerned with each other's parameters.

   Where parameters might conflict, it is important to specify priority
   as part of the parameters' description.  For example, among
   parameters 2 (Local echo), 20 (Echo mask), and extension set 1's 134
   (Local echo style), Echo mask is significant only if Local echo is
   enabled, and Local echo style applies only to characters selected for
   echoing by the first two parameters.

   This option's functions overlap with those of some existing Telnet
   options, for example, ECHO (which can be interpreted to affect local
   echo and possibly local line editing), NAOCRD and NAOLFD [6]
   (specifying padding after output carriage returns and line feeds),

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   TRANSMIT-BINARY, Remote Controlled Transmission and Echo [3], and
   SUPDUP [4].

   Where X.3-PAD completely subsumes the function of another option, as
   for ECHO, NAOCRD and NAOLFD, it's probably best to let the X.3-PAD
   option, where acceptable to both sides, supplant them and to refuse
   the other option.

   The TRANSMIT-BINARY option can change (actually suppress) the
   interpretation of some bits of parameter 13 related to Telnet newline
   encoding, as mentioned under that parameter.  As such it is
   compatible with this option but must be kept in mind.

   RCTE would be a much more difficult case, since its service does not
   fit into this option's scheme and vice versa.  However, it probably
   is unimportant because of the scarcity of RCTE implementations.

   Some existing Telnet options can serve related but complementary
   functions, for example NAOHTS [7] for output tab handling, or

8.  Implementation suggestions

     It is strongly recommended that a user telnet support at least the
     combination with parameters 2=0, 3=126, and 4=1 (no local echo,
     forward immediately or nearly so on any input character) so that a
     dissatisfied host has the option of backing off and doing its own
     character handling.

     The "discard output" function invoked by the Break, Interrupt,
     Attention, etc., key if the 16's bit is set in parameter 7 may be
     implemented as follows.

           1.  When the key is pressed, set parameter 8 to 1, begin
               discarding output, send IAC SB X.3-PAD IS  8 1  IAC SE to
               notify the host.  (It may not need to know, but the
               message should be sent for consistency.)

           2.  Send IAC DO TIMING-MARK.

           3.  Send any other messages associated with the key (e.g.,
               IAC IP).

           4.  Eventually, the host should send either IAC WILL
               TIMING-MARK or IAC WON'T TIMING-MARK, even if it knows
               nothing about the TIMING-MARK option.  It will probably
               appear close, in the output stream, to the point where
               the host recognized any associated messages (e.g., IP).

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               When the TIMING-MARK arrives, reset parameter 8 to 0 and
               cease discarding output.  Send IAC SB X.3-PAD IS  8 0
               IAC SE.

   The Telnet SYNCH mechanism (see [2]) may be employed in concert with
   such a scheme.  A closed-loop flush, though, will be more effective
   at discarding excess output than SYNCH used alone.  Provision of some
   such mechanism for discarding unwanted output, e.g., after
   interrupting the host, is heartily recommended.

   Discarding input is less clear cut.  Certainly, any buffered data not
   yet sent should be discarded; one might also use SYNCH to encourage
   the host telnet to discard more.

9.  References

     1.  Recommendation X.3, from International Telecommunications Union
         CCITT Red Book, volume VIII, fascicle VIII.2, 1984.

     2.  Postel, J., and J. Reynolds, "Telnet Protocol Specification",
         RFC-854, USC Information Sciences Institute, May 1983.

     3.  Postel, J., and D. Crocker, "Remote Controlled Transmission and
         Echoing Telnet Option", RFC-726 and NIC-39237, SRI-ARC, March

     4.  Crispin, M., "SUPDUP Protocol", RFC-734 and NIC-41953, SU-AI
         October 1977; Crispin, M., "Telnet SUPDUP Option", RFC-736 and
         NIC-42213, SU-AI, October 1977; also Greenberg, B., "Telnet
         SUPDUP-OUTPUT Option", RFC-749 and NIC-45499, MIT-Multics,
         September 1978.

     5.  Postel, J., and J. Reynolds, "Telnet Binary Transmission
         Option", RFC-856, USC Information Sciences Institute, May 1983.

     6.  Crocker, D., "Telnet Output Linefeed Disposition Option", RFC-
         658 and NIC-31161, UCLA-NMC, October 1974; and "Telnet Output
         Carriage Return Disposition Option", RFC-652 and NIC-31155,
         UCLA-NMC, October 1974.

     7.  Crocker, D., "Telnet Output Horizontal Tab Stops Option", RFC-
         653 and NIC-31156, UCLA-NMC, October 1974.  [RFC numbers 652
         through 658 (NIC 31155 through 31161) are in a similar vein.]

     8.  Solomon, M., and E. Wimmers, "Telnet Terminal Type Option",
         RFC-884, University of Wisconsin - Madison, December 1983.

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