Talk:Text UI

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Text Mode 0

Confusing term - especially when talking about 80x25 mode - would "VGA mode 3" be better? - Combuster

Mode 0 refers to the screen mode the BIOS sets upon loading the bootloader. It's the most commonly used screen mode for text user interfaces. 80x25 refers to the number of characters on the screen - 80 characters per line and 25 lines per screen, not the number of pixels. On a VGA adapter, the actual screen resolution is 720x400 pixels with 16 colours avaliable, and each character is 9x8 pixels. - MessiahAndrw

I know exactly what you are referring to, the question was however wether to use 'Mode 0' or not - I think its confusing for those with few or no VGA programming experience.. As a side note, plz dont append at the top. - Combuster 05:46, 15 December 2006 (CST)


IMHO, this article should be moved into the "Video" category of the "Hardware" section. As it deals much more with the hardware aspect of printing characters to screen than to the "theory" behind it. -Jhawthorn 03:28, 15 December 2006 (CST)

I have the idea this article comes from the 'How to print text' faq page. I suggest splitting it into a theory and a vga text mode page, with appropriate categories for each - Combuster 05:46, 15 December 2006 (CST)

"..." No, I wrote it myself. --MessiahAndrw 05:38, 24 May 2007 (CDT)

The problem didn't go away, which is what made me check the discussion page. Another problem is that of terminology. When people speak of TUI's, they think of GUI's rendered on an alphanumeric video mode; when they speak of CLI's, they mean shells. This is also consistent with Wikipedia. --Love4boobies 04:58, 23 October 2012 (CDT)

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