As of: Kermit 95 1.1.21, 2 April 2002
This page is still to be updated to K95 2.0.
Shot 1 - Overview
Screen Shot 1 gives you a good overview of Kermit 95 (K-95 for short). You
can see the K-95 Dialer in the upper left; it has just made a Telnet
connection to a colorful BBS called FedWorld. It also has another connection
open to a second computer called Watsol: the white-on-blue screen under the
Dialer. Meanwhile the user is checking the Terminal settings of the FedWorld
Dialer entry. The Dialer can make as many simultaneous connections as you
like, within the limits of your computer's resources. The BBS screen
demonstrates K95's color and ANSI graphics capabilities; the Watsol screen
shows various forms of highlighting, in particular the automatic highlighting
of URLs (Web addresses); if you Ctrl-click on one of these, it pops up in your
Web browser. As you can see, each connection can have any color scheme you
(Click to view full-size image)
Shot 2 shows the Telnet settings page for a Dialer entry. Each entry has its
own set of settings pages: General, Terminal, File Transfer, etc, plus pages
specific to the connection type: Serial, Telnet, SSH, Kerberos, SSL/TLS. Thus
each entry can have a different emulation, character size, character set,
screen size, coloration, and so on. All these settings are applied
automatically as part of the connection process. These pages give you fully
customized one-button access to every dialup and Internet service or computer
that you use.
Shot 2 - The Telnet Settings Page
Shot 3 shows how you can give K-95 the information it needs to place your
calls correctly, no matter where you are. You don't have to use any of these
features if you always make your calls from the same place, but if you travel
around with a laptop, you'll be amazed at the convenience. Just tell Kermit
95 (or Windows) your new location, and all the numbers in the dialing
directory will "just work".
Shot 3 - Setting your Dialing Location
Frequently Asked Questions Department: "When I press the Backspace key, it
doesn't erase the character -- instead it just prints ^H." The explanation
can be found in the Kermit FAQ.
Briefly, different computers or services require different codes for
backspacing, so you have to assign the appropriate code to your PC's
Backspace key. This is easy in Kermit 95. Each computer or host in your
directory has its own key settings, specified on the Keyboard page of its
settings notebook, as shown in Shot 4. To solve the Backspace problem, just
push the appropriate button. As you can see, you can also load in an entire
custom key map for your whole keyboard if you want to (the sample shows the
Key map for host-based WordPerfect 5.1, which is distributed with Kermit 95).
Shot 4 - The Keyboard Page
Here we see a Windows XP desktop with several K95 terminal sessions active:
Top-left foreground: a Telnet session to US government BBS using ANSI terminal
emulation; the black-on-white screen is an SSH session to a Unix host showing
some of K95's character-set capabilities; behind those two is a 132-column
white-on-blue screen containing the HTML source code for a web page. In the
latter, notice the automatic highlighting of URLs. Of course a great variety
of sizes, color combinations, character sets, and highlighting is available.
Shot 5 - Terminal Screens
(Click to view a full-size image)
Here's a gallery of K95 terminal screens, captured from K95 1.1.21 on Windows
XP. This is the console version of K95, not the coming-soon GUI
version. Click on any screen to see the full-size image. All screens are
24x80, but of course K95 can also handle tall or wide screens. A few of the
many user-selectable fore- and background color combinations are shown.
Gallery - Terminal Screens
||Many people prefer their terminal screens in black on white,
like printed paper. This color scheme, like any other, is selectable in the
Terminal Settings page of each Dialer entry, or with K95's
SET TERMINAL COLOR TERMINAL
foreground background command.
||This was one of the nicer BBS graphics we ran across in the
early days of K95, the Metropolis BBS in St Louis (the same picture was used
with permission on the back cover of the original K95 manual). The emulation
||This screen shows how K95's VT320 emulator, by following the
VT220/320 specification and the ISO 4873 and 2022 standards, can show ASCII,
ISO 8859-1 accented letters, and line- and box-drawing characters on the same
||This shot illustrates URL highlighting. URLs are included in
a plain-text e-mail message. K95 highlights them automatically. If you
Ctrl-Click on a URL, K95 tells your browser to visit it. Note the first URL,
even though it is longer than the screen width and has wrapped to a second
line, is still recognized as a valid URL. Ctrl-Clicking on wrapped URLs works
||This picture shows what happens when the message from the
previous screen shot is loaded into the full-screen EMACS editor while K95's
terminal emulator is in debug mode. Control characters are shown in red (for
example, ESC is the same as Ctrl-[, so a red left bracket is an ESC).
Printable characters that are part of escape sequences are shown in reverse
video. Use Alt-D to toggle debug mode.
||This screen illustrates K95's color palette. Console
applications are restricted to 16 colors, which correspond to the ANSI-format
coloration escape sequences used by BBSs (first screen above), Linux "color
||This is an IBM mainframe 3270 VM/CMS login screen from Temple
University. K95 does not yet include 3270 terminal emulation, but it is still
widely used to access IBM mainframes through external 3270 emulators such as
the Unix tn3270 program and various terminal servers.
||This is an ancient Heath-19 terminal "graphics" demo. It
looks a bit rough in Lucida Console, but that's only because Lucida Console
does not contain the Heath-19 special graphics characters that were added in
Unicode version 3.1, and will take some time to find their way into Unicode
fonts such as Lucida Console and Courier New. Meanwhile, K95 is smart enough
to make the appropriate substitutions.
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2 April 2002