Teletext character set


This article covers technical details of the
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, and used for the
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variants of
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in Europe.

Character sets

The following tables show various Teletext character sets. Each character is shown with a potential
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equivalent if available. Space and control characters are represented by the abbreviations for their names.

Control characters

Control characters are used to set foreground and background color, character height, current default character set, and other attributes. In formats where compatibility with ECMA-48's
C0 control codes The C0 and C1 control code or control character sets define control codes for use in text by computer systems that use ASCII and derivatives of ASCII. The codes represent non-printable character, additional information about the text, such as t ...
such as and is not required, these control codes are sometimes mapped transparently to the Unicode C0 control code range (U+0000 through U+001F). Amongst C1 control code sets, the Videotex character set#C1 control codes, ITU T.101 C1 control codes for "Serial" Data Syntax 2, are mostly a transposition of the Teletext spacing controls, except for the inclusion of at 0x9B.











Note that each Arabic Arabic script in Unicode#Contextual forms, contextual/positional character in the tables below is shown with the non-positional Unicode equivalent if available.




Graphics character sets

G1 block mosaics

: Same table as above, rendered with bitmaps: :

G3 smooth mosaics and line drawing


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