With Notes and "term-talk" in place, it began to seem natural to
use PLATO as a means of communication. What it obviously lacked
was a way to send private mail. Kim Mast tackled the job, and in
August of 1974, Personal Notes was released.
Personal Notes was similar to Notes in many ways: each note
appeared on a separate screen, and options such as moving to the
next or previous note, deleting a note, or responding, were
available as single key presses. There was no index of notes,
however. Entering Personal Notes took you immediately to the
first note you had not yet read. From there, you could move
forward or backward through your notes.
Kim and I worked together to integrate all of PLATO's
communication features into a seamless package. For example,
while viewing a note, you could:
All of these options were available in both Notes and Personal
Notes, and the same keys were used in both.
- copy it to a notesfile
- forward it to someone as a personal note
- send a personal note to the author
- initiate a "term-talk" with the author
Copyright © 1994 by David R. Woolley
Copyright (c) 1996 - 2006 Elizabeth Mattijsen
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