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The French Minitel : how does it work

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guardangel@aol.com (GuardAngel)
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wrote :

>Question a 10 FF: existe-t-il un acces sur le 11 Minitel
>a partir d'Internet ???
>
>Merci pour vos lumieres......
>
>Pierre Jovanovic
>Los Angeles

The answer is quite "yes". Have a look on the
http://www.enst.fr/~meunier/minitel/minitel.html server,
which is a minitel gateway to the 11 (under development)

For our foreign readers, who don't use the Minitel,
I put hereby an example of use :
==========================================================
How do we have to pay for it ?

For local calls, the first three minutes are free.
The searching algorithms work especially fast, but
first of all, you must determine the approximate
area you want to look for because the dial directory is
divided in hundred parts (i.e. the french "departements").
Otherwise you have to try different departements.

How works the french "annuaire electronique"  (le 3611) ?

Let us assume, for instance, we want to know
about Mister

Gerard LANGLET, a worldwide specialist
of the APL Language, and we just know he lives
in France, not far from the town Versailles.

With the minitel, it will take less than one minute !

First we dial the 3611 number, and we
give to the system the words :
LANGLET
VERSAILLES
GERARD   (because a lot of people have the same name)



==========================================
|             RECHERCHE                  |
|             PAR NOM                    |
|             OU PAR ACTIVITE            |
|                                        |
|        NOM:LANGLET.....................|
|            ........................... |
|   ACTIVITE:............................|
|            ............................|
|            ........................... |
|   LOCALITE:VERSAILLES..................|
|            ........................... |
|            Vous pouvez preciser        |
|DEPARTEMENT:........................... |
|    ADRESSE:........................... |
|     PRENOM:GERARD..................... |
|----------------------------------------|
|(c)1992         Comment remplir  Guide  |
|France       Les services du 11 Sommaire|
|Telecom   Les numeros d'urgence  Retour |
|                                        |
| POUR MIEUX                             |
|  UTILISER                              |
|  LE 1 1 :  Numero Vert  O5 11 36 11    |
==========================================

After a second, the system answers :

==========================================
|                                        |
|             RECHERCHE                  |
|             PAR NOM                    |
|             OU PAR ACTIVITE            |
|                                        |
|        NOM:LANGLET                     |
|                                        |
|   ACTIVITE:                            |
|                                        |
|                                        |
|   LOCALITE:VERSAILLES                  |
|                                        |
|                                        |
|DEPARTEMENT:YVELINES                    |
|    ADRESSE:                            |
|     PRENOM:GERARD                      |
|----------------------------------------|
|                                        |
|Il y a des reponses, mais               |
|sans ce prenom.                         |
|                    les reponses  Envoi |
|----------------------------------------|
|  Pour choisir:                         |
|1 une localite voisine                  |
|2 tout le departement       Nø:2  Envoi |
==========================================

We know now that the town Versailles
lies in the YVELINES french departement.
And when type "2" for a search in the
whole department.

We get instantaneously the answer :

==========================================
|                                        |
|... LANGLET                             |
|    78350 JOUY EN JOSAS                1|
|----------------------------------------|
|  1 Langlet Gerard       (1) 39 56 08 58|
|    chem Vallot                         |
==========================================

We suceeded !
			
That means we got the snail address of Gerard LANGLET:
"chemin du Vallot / 78350 JOUY-EN-JOSAS /  FRANCE"
His phone number is +33-1 39 56 08 58

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