T minus 10 days to ATypI Brighton 2007: Captioning

This is how shitty the fonts were on the original TeleCaption decoder:

Layout of coarse dot-matrix characters on a printed page

Picture from a decoder service manual, which of course I have

Yes, a 7×5-dot matrix with no descenders. The diagonal line of the cap N and M were always a treat (and W was an upside-down M).

Later they attempted to smooth things out a little through antialiasing.

Diagram shows K with jagged diagonal lines and another K with smoother diagonals

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