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Q1:I noticed that the Library of Congress gave me two choices for accessing LOCIS—TELNET to LOCIS and TN3270 to LOCIS. What's that all about?
A1: When you use Telnet, you're making your computer perform something called terminal emulation. That is, it's pretending to be the kind of computer terminal that the remote system is designed to interact with. TN3270 is a common type of terminal. LOCIS lets you choose the type of terminal access (generic Telnet or TN3270), depending upon the kind of terminal your Telnet program emulates.

If you start your Telnet sessions from Web links and use the Telnet program your browser is configured to open, you can usually forget about terminal issues. But if you find that the screen images displayed by a Telnet session seem scrambled, it's likely that the remote computer wants your Telnet program to emulate a different terminal. Try changing the terminal emulation from the menus in your Telnet client until you find one that works.


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