One of the main objectives for Adams in the concept of development was that the Home user would make Teletalks affordable. In fact, with the technology of 1971 there was no scope to create an economic teletext system. However, the long-term success of the project was low cost, this barrier was overcome.

Meanwhile, the General Post Office (GPO), whose telecommunications division became a British telecom later, in the late 1960s, this same concept, known as the ViewData, is being researched. The only way to carry the existing televisions signal, unlike Telelader, was a bi-directional system using the telephone. Despite the telephone ownership of the post office, it is considered a great way to run more customers to use phones.

In 1972 the BBC appeared on their system now known as Ceefax on various news shows (“see information”, used departmental stationery “CX” logo). Independent Television Authority (ITA) announced their own service in 1973, Oracle (optional reception announcement by Coded Line Electronics). Not to be surrendered, GPA immediately announced a 1200/75 BAD videotext service under the name Prestel.

The first teletight test transmission was made by Syfax in 1973. After the expansion of the BBC system in the UK, it was adopted in Europe and became a map of the world system’s Teletalk (WST). The World Wide Web began to take possession of some of Teletext’s functions from the end of 1990 and many broadcasters postponed Teletext-CNN broadcast in 2006 and in 2012 the BBC has accelerated by introduction of Teletext reduction in the UK, although digital television continues to captioning off an aspect of teletext. In other countries the system is still widely used in standard-dvv dvb broadcasts.

Several telephone service services have been syndicated to web visitors, [4] which imitates the look and feel of the broadcast teletalk text. RSS Feeds News and Information from the BBC are presented in the web viewer’s syfacet format on PageFromFoxFox. [5]

In 2016, the Tefax Teletalk service was launched in the UK by BBC, [6] ITV [7] and others. Using a raspberry pie computer card as a set-top box, it provides services to standard televisions. The Tiffax content is a mix of media professionals, syndication and contributions that contribute greatly to the teletext service broadcasts. Teefax is also syndicated to a web viewer. [8]

The system was largely inappropriate; The syfax shows 24 lines of pages with 32 characters in each, and Orell provides 22 lines of pages with 40 characters. Other means overlapped the standard; For example, both 7-bit ASCII characters and other basic details are used. In 1974 a standard agreed to display all information information. The display with some graphics characters will be a simple 24 × 40 grid text for creating simple graphics. The standard does not define the default system, so both Videot-like and Telidata-like services may share at least the TV-side hardware (which was quite expensive at the time).

After the trial in 1973-74, at the end of 1974, the BBC News Department formed nine editorial groups under the co-editorial leadership of editor Colin MacKinnet for the development of news and information services. Originally limited to 30 pages, the syfax service was later extended to 100 pages and was officially launched in 1976. It is fast tracked by ORL and Prestle. Wireless World Magazine ran a series of articles between 19 November and June 1976, primarily describing a teletext decoder design and construction using TTL devices; However, until the first TV sets with the built-in decoders started in 1977, development was limited.

There were two million sets in 1982, and in the mid-1980s, they were available as alternatives to almost every European TV set, usually on a circuit board through a plug. A decade ago decades of decoder became an ideal feature in almost all sets with screen size over 15 seconds (Tilitext is usually an option for small “portable” sets). In the mid-1980s, CFX and ORL published hundreds of pages each channel, gradually by changing them all day.

Grids & Structure

We deploy grid-based layouts ‘behind the scenes’ in all our basic skins. The idea behind these layouts is to provide your website with a solid visual and structural balance from the word go.

These layout structures offer ample flexibility and enhance the visual experience for your visitors, and introduces an easy-to-follow consistency across your site, while allowing you to create and update both design and content in a well thought-out, standardised framework within the constraints of the browser.

Grid-based layouts on the web

There are many resources available if this topic sparks your interest:


Although it’s not always possible we do aim for a certain consistency when it comes to structuring a Tank site. We follow established naming conventions to enable logical hooks into the underlying structure of all our basic skins:

  • header
  • navigation
  • canvas
  • content
  • sidebar
  • footer

If you are familiar with CSS you can edit the properties of the underlying structure of your site easily.

Navigation & Architecture

The idea behind most navigation in a Tank site is that of context-sensitivity - which boils down to the fact that navigation will appear when and where is required. If you add a portfolio images will be thumb-nailed for you and be immediately navigable to larger views of the uploaded media. If you add a blog date archives, categories and RSS feeds will be present automagically. All you need to do is consider your content, and what you want to do with it.

Information architecture

Besides this approach the following options are available to further architect your information according to your requirements.

Global navigation

Content grouped into the global navigation is usually accessible via the menu structure in the header of a site and demarcates the most important information on your site. The good stuff goes here.

Utility navigation

Content grouped into the utility navigation is usually accessible via the menu structure in the footer of a site and demarcates the necessary or additional information on your site. Everything else goes here.

Hidden navigation

You can also set content to ‘hidden’ which means it’s only accessible if you either link to it or tell someone where to find it.

A blend between these three options enables you to build almost any site any way you want.

Text & Typography

We use a text-to-HTML conversion tool - a filter - that allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, which is converted it to structurally valid HTML for rendering on the web.

In a nutshell it means you use certain characters as formatting commands and you place these characters amongst your text to create certain effects (bolding text) and functionality (linking text).

E.g. headings

You can easily apply the full range of headers (h2 to h6) as follows:

# big heading
## smaller heading
##### smallest heading

E.g. formatting text

Formatting text - bolding text, italicizing text, or even striking text is quite simple. Simply use the basic formatting rules you’ve just seen and surround your text with the appropriate characters.


We utilise and deploy percentage-based text-sizing, popular font-stacks & web-safe fonts across all our sites. This means that your site is legible and readable from the get-go, but still customisable according to your specifications and personal taste.

There are many resources available if this topic sparks your interest. Please visit the links below for additional information:

Images & Galleries

There are two ways of displaying images in your site: ‘inline’ with the rest of your content, or in sortable collections in a dedicated ‘photo section’ of their own.

Inline images

Images attached to content appear ‘inline’; in other words in the content you place them. The image below has been placed just below this paragraph and is sized automatically according to the width of the container it’s placed in.

That means images look great no matter where you put them. No need to ‘size down’ anything - in fact we recommend uploading your images large enough to cater for higher resolutions.

Inline galleries & slide-shows

If multiple images are attached to content it is possible to ‘string’ these images together into an inline gallery or slideshow. It couldn’t be simpler or easier.

Collections of images

Images can also be placed in order-able collections inside a photo section - a slightly easier way to manage large sets of images as all images are thumb-nailed and placed automatically according to the dimensions of the current skin.