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Vt420

DEC VT420.

The VT420 was an ANSI standard computer terminal introduced in 1990 by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). The 420 was the only model in the 400 series, replacing the VT320. There were no color or graphics-capable 400 series terminals; the VT340 remained in production for those requiring ReGIS and Sixel graphics and color support. The entire lineup of VT300s and VT420 was eventually replaced by the relatively unknown VT500 series starting in 1993.

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The VT420 consisted largely of a combination of the VT320 with the virtual terminal support of the VT330 and VT340. Those two models had included a system known as TD/SMP[1] which allowed two sessions to be multiplexed over a single serial connection to a compatible terminal server. Alternately the two sessions could be supported by separate serial connections on those models with multiple MMJ ports. Using either method, the VT330/340/420 could either show the two sessions behind each other, using a key sequence to flip back and forth, or split the screen horizontally to display the sessions one above the other, or vertically side-by-side.

The VT420 also added a number of more minor features. One was to add a number of PC character sets, allowing the terminal to be used with a variety of PC programs. Another allowed the terminal to generate the proper character sequences to produce rectangular-area commands. For instance, one could select a rectangular area and fill it with a particular character, or blank it out. This was in addition to the terminal-side editing system introduced on the VT300s.

The VT420 had a total of 5 sets of 94 characters for normal VT operation, another 3 sets of 128 PC characters, and 1 set of 96 characters containing various graphics and math symbols. Like all models since the VT200 series, the user could also upload a custom character set

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