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TELNET OUTPUT HORIZONTAL TABSTOPS OPTION
RFC 653, NIC 31156 (Oct. 25, 1974)
D. Crocker (UCLA-NMC)
Online file: [ISI]<DCROCKER>NAOHTS.TXT

               TELNET OUTPUT HORIZONTAL TABSTOPS OPTION

1. Command name and code
   NAOHTS 11 (Negotiate About Output Horizontal Tabstops)

2. Command meanings
   In the following, we are discussing a simplex connection, as described in
   the NAOL and NAOP Telnet options.
      IAC DO NAOHTS
         The data sender requests or agrees to negotiate about output
         horizontal tabstops with the data receiver.  In the case where
         agreement has been reached and in the absence of further
         subnegotiations, the data receiver is assumed to be handling output
         horizontal tabstops.
      IAC DON'T NAOHTS
         The data sender refuses to negotiate about output horizontal tabstops
         with the data receiver, or demands a return to the unnegotiated
         default mode.
      IAC WILL NAOHTS
         The data receiver requests or agrees to negotiate about output
         horizontal tabstops with the sender.  In the case where agreement has
         been reached and in the absence of further subnegotiations, the data
         receiver alone is assumed to be handling output horizontal tabstops.
      IAC WON'T NAOHTS
         The data receiver refuses to negotiate about output horizontal
         tabstops, or demands a return to the unnegotiated default mode.
      IAC SB NAOHTS DS <8-bit value> ... <8-bit value> IAC SE
         The data sender specifies, with the 8-bit value(s), which party should
         handle output horizontal tabstop considerations and what the stops
         should be.  The code for DS is 1.
      IAC SB NAOHTS DR <8-bit value> ... <8-bit value> IAC SE
         The data receiver specifies, with the 8-bit value(s), which party
         should handle output horizontal tabstop considerations and what the
         stops should be.  The code for DR is 0.

3. Default
   DON'T NAOHTS/WON'T NAOHTS.
      In the default absence of negotiations concerning which party, data
      sender or data receiver, is handling output horizontal tabstops, neither
      party is required to handle them and neither party is prohibited from
      handling them; but it is appropriate if at least the data receiver
      handles horizontal tabstops, albeit primitively.

4. Motivation for the Option
   Please refer to section 4 of the NAOL and of the NAOP Telnet option
   descriptions.
5. Description of the Option
   The data sender and the data receiver use the 8-bit value(s) along with the
   DS and DR SB subcommands as follows (multiple 8-bit values are allowed only
   if each is greater than zero and less than 251):

      8-bit value :                     Meaning :

      0            Command sender suggests that he alone will handle
                   tabstops, for the connection.
      1 to 250     Command sender suggests that the other party alone
                   should handle tabstop considerations, but suggests
                   that the indicated value(s) be used. The value(s)
                   are the column numbers, relative to the physical
                   left side of the printer page or terminal screen,
                   that are to be set.
      251 to 254   Not allowed, in order to be compatible with
                   related Telnet options.
      255          Command sender suggests that the other party alone
                   should handle output tabstops and suggests nothing
                   about how it should be done.

   The guiding rules are that:
      (1) if neither data receiver nor data sender wants to handle output
      horizontal tabstops, the data receiver must do it, and
      (2) if both data receiver and data sender want to handle output
      horizontal tabstops, the data sender gets to do it.
   The reasoning for the former rule is that if neither wants to do it, then
   the default in the NAOHTS option dominates. If both want to do it, the
   sender, who is presumed to have special knowledge about the data, should be
   allowed to do it, taking into account any suggestions the receiver may make.
   As with all option negotiations, neither party should suggest a state
   already in effect except to refuse to negotiate; changes should be
   acknowledged; and once refused, an option should not be resuggested until
   "something changes" (e.g., another process starts).
   At any time, either party can disable further negotiation by giving the
   appropriate WON'T NAOHTS or DON'T NAOHTS command.


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