[MUD-Dev] Public Domain Client

Andrew Wilson andrew at aaaaaaaa.demon.co.uk
Mon Nov 22 22:20:28 New Zealand Daylight Time 1999


Mik Clarke:
> Andrew Wilson wrote:
> > 
> > Take a look at tkMOO-light:
> > 
> >     http://www.cs.cf.ac.uk/User/Andrew.Wilson/tkMOO-light/
> 
> Hmmm. Looks rather MOO specific. Can it be made to do anything
> useful with a Son of a Diku?

tkMOO-light's happiest speaking to line-mode servers, MOO and Cold
servers are good examples of what I mean by 'line-mode'; every line
sent from the server ends in CRLF.  If your server uses prompts:

   By which name do you wish to be know:[cursor resting here]

then the client's less happy.  Although I recently fixed up a plugin
that teaches tkMOO-light how to handle a ROM server; prompts,
ansi-colour sequences, a mixture of CR and LFCR (you read that
right) as end-of-line markers.

> Do you have a reference to a definition of what cold text is?
> I can't find anything of their strangely uninformative web site
> beyond a mention that it exists and is very powerful.

I don't follow Cold developments too closely these days and I'm
not a spokesperson.

    http://web.cold.org/features.html
    Dynamic Text 
	ColdCore defines ctext which is an internal abstraction of
	text. Using ctext ColdCore can quickly parse a document to
	HTML, Plain-Text or any other text format you desire.

Um so, think XML or some similarly structured abstraction.  On its
own its barely readable garbage, but run it through a parser and
pass the results to an object that can convert it into a more
desirable output format and you have a single-source for online
help-documents, HTML web-pages or even the PostScript hardcopy
manual.

Of course it's not just static documentation, you can use it for
object descriptions too, with the output being generated afresh
for each observer if necessary.

You could visit somewhere like the Cold Dark and nose around to
find out more.

    http://ice.cold.org/cold_servers/server?colddark

> Mik

Cheers,
Ay.

Andrew.Wilson at cs.cf.ac.uk http://www.cs.cf.ac.uk/User/Andrew.Wilson/
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