PABFAX – A Pages from Ceefax facsimile

In an effort to learn some about the new things lurking in the various sections of the HTML5 spec, and see if Javascript’s as entertaining to code as people make out, I started putting together a BBC news reader that renders up-to-date news, sport and financial headlines in the soon-to-be-a-thing-of-the-past style of Ceefax.

My prototype uses the Canvas element, the various image-data manipulation methods exposed by it and Javascript along with a hand-crafted pair of fonts to render news feeds from the BBC website in a hopefully-familiar style.


Double-click for full-screen nostalgia (or at least zoomed-in in IE)

Given that it took a few days to put together there will be a few posts on how it all works that will be linked to here once written and published.

An homage to Pages from Ceefax

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Pages from Pabfax by Paul O’Neill is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

4 thoughts on “PABFAX – A Pages from Ceefax facsimile

  1. Pablissimo Post author

    The font is actually hand-drawn sprites following the Ceefax spec – they’re not even whole letters, just blocks of fairly abstract patterns that get stitched together. Sure there are OpenType equivalents though!


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