Narrative traffic

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Narrative traffic is data communications consisting of plain or encrypted messages written in a natural language and transmitted in accordance with standard formats and procedures.

Examples of narrative traffic include:

  • Messages that are placed on paper tape and transmitted via a teletypewriter (TTY), and on reception, are converted back to a printed page on another teletypewriter or teleprinter
  • Messages printed on a sheet of paper, transmitted via optical character recognition (OCR) equipment, and on reception, converted back to a printed page on a printer.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the General Services Administration document "Federal Standard 1037C" (in support of MIL-STD-188).