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a means of providing a written or graphical representation of computerized information on a television screen
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
A computer communication service which uses information from a database, and which allows the user, equipped with a limited computer terminal, to interact with the service in selecting information to be displayed, so as to provide electronic mail, teleshopping, financial services, calculation services, and such.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
videotexThe first attempts at interactive information delivery for shopping, banking, news, etc. Many trials were made, but it never caught on in the U.S. and was not very successful anywhere except in France (see Minitel). Videotex uses a TV set-top box and keyboard. Data are delivered by phone line and stored in the box as predefined frames with limited graphics that are retrieved by menu.
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