A Taxonomy of Text-based User Interfaces

An avalanche of examples

The Keystone Kops are quite a nuisance early on, but only show up if you steal from shopkeepers. (source: screen-capped from the NetHack wiki)
Phone Book. You know, for City.
Visual Studio is actually way more complicated than this picture makes it seem.

Taxonomy Time

Group 1: Embedded Interfaces

git, as embedded in a Unix shell, probably bash. (Also via Wikipedia)

Group 2: Conversational Interfaces

Group 3: Programming Languages

Group 4: Text As Graphics

The main menu for Synchronet, an old-style BBS. (courtesy Wikipedia)

Now what, wise guy?

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