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Friday, 27 April 2007

Teletext - research

http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2006/01/teletext_the_or.html - Teletext - early Internet?

http://projects.lektrolab.com/microtel/index.htm - Microtel - 'teletext revived'

An idea for a future project - a Teletext creator in flash. People can submit their own pages to be broadcast on a group text 'station'. A backward progression to the early days of the Internet and its predecessors. I could see the outcome being appealing to retro fans.

This page demonstrates some of the pixel art that once appeared on Dutch teletext service VBI Microtel. This brings in aspects of pop culture and some art has a political message. Other pages are there just for fun. The one shown to the right featuring George W Bush is my personal favourite. Doesn't really serve any particular purpose, it's just a good piece of pixel art.

Sometimes even the scrambled mess caused by poor reception can result in an interesting piece of 'art' in itself. Perhaps a teletext random garbage generator might be an option for the idea stated above?

Cebratext 1.1

After a bit more digging, found a piece of software similar to the project I mentioned earlier in the post. After a little fiddling, I can't really work it very well - it takes some getting used to. I presume this is very similar to the stuff they actually use to program teletext to be broadcast on TVs. It isn't very user-friendly, however: takes a while to get the hang of things, as may be evident from the screenshot above displaying my lack of progress with the thing.