[Coco] Does anyone want a CoCoWeb?

Steve Stroh steve.stroh at gmail.com
Fri Apr 20 11:29:21 EDT 2018

I like Approach 1. It’s not much of a stretch to think that the CoCo would
have done this back in the day had the Internet been more accessible to
consumers back then. Historically the CoCo has its roots in being a
communications device, and there were BBS’ and terminal programs, so HTML
and the follow-ons are on a par with VideoText, etc.

I view some Internet / TCP/IP interoperability with the CoCo using NitrOS-9
to be one of the things I’ll have the most fun with. I can easily imagine
one of the very small microcomputers such as the Raspberry Pi ZeroW being a
front end for the CoCo.

On Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 07:42 Allen Huffman <alsplace at pobox.com> wrote:

> Now that we can hook up WiFi internet to a CoCo for $6 in parts (or more
> if you buy it from me as an assembled product ;-), is there any interest in
> a CoCoWeb? It would be:
> 1. CoCo-specific web pages, made using very simply HTML specifically
> targeting the CoCoWeb. (There would be no way to view anything modern.
> These would be pages specifically for CoCo use, with the ability to click
> to download files, etc.)
> #1 could render basic websites (like Wikipedia) that were small enough to
> fit into our available RAM, and supported pure HTML versions (where, if CSS
> is disabled, you get raw text). But, www.whywouldyouwanttodothat.com
> The ability to quickly browse CoCo pages and retrieve files and such would
> be nice. A skin could even be made for wordpress that would be compatible,
> and there are some very simple message boards that could be done with a
> simple skin.
> 2. Web Proxy, using the same technique done on the WebTV boxes. For those
> who have forgot, the WebTV was a setop box that would view almost any
> webpage of the way (of the day, before flash, java, etc.) and would do so
> faster than a PC. It worked by having their servers actually go get the
> page and render it, then send compressed versions and downsized graphics to
> the WebTV.
> Using the #2 approach, almost anything could be viewed as a static page.
> No Java, no Javascript animations, no Flash, etc.
> Asking for a friend...
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