The Remote Imaging Protocol Scripting Language, more commonly known as the Remote Imaging Protocol or RIPscrip, is a scripting language created to enhance bulletin board systems with vector graphics and images.
Introduced in 1993 by Jeff Reeder, Jim Bergman, and Mark Hayton (founders of TeleGrafix Communications), RIPscrip provided a way to encode vector graphics and images as ASCII text. The RIP specification also allowed for the creation of graphical user interfaces with menus and clickable buttons. These RIP menus replaced the ANSI color text menus that were common on BBSes. To view these graphics, a user needed a RIP-enabled terminal program such as TeleGrafix's own RIPTerm which could draw them at a 640x350 EGA resolution. Several utilities, including RIPaint and Tombstone Artist could be used to create RIP screens.
TeleGrafix later introduced RIPscrip 2.0 in an effort to bring multimedia capabilities to telnet communications and extend the appeal of RIPscrip beyond just the BBS market. By this time however, public access to the Internet, and more specifically the World Wide Web, caused interest in text-based systems such as BBSes to rapidly decline resulting in the eventual end of RIPscrip development and TeleGrafix Communications. Although RIPscrip 2.0 was released and 3.0 was planned, the most common version of RIPscrip in actual use was the 1.5x series.
Vector image standards used on the World Wide Web today such as Adobe Flash and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) have some similarities to RIP .
- RIPscrip Graphics Protocol Specification, 1.52 (April 20, 1993)
- RIPscrip Graphics Protocol Specification, 1.53 (May 12, 1993)
- RIPscrip Graphics Protocol Specification, 1.54 (July 19, 1993)
- RIPscrip Graphics Protocol Specification, 2.00 Alpha 4 (Dec. 13, 1994)
- Clawson, Pat. "NEWS:TELEGRAFIX RELEASES RIP 2.0 ONLINE MULTIMEDIA". Net-Happenings 1995. comp.infosystems.www.providers. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
- BBS Documentary Library's page on RIP including sample artwork, specifications and whitepapers.
- Detailed article about RIP graphics by John Kwasnik
- RIPscrip 3.0 Technical Whitepaper
- PabloDraw multi-user RIPscrip viewer & editor for Windows, OS X and Linux