[vcf-midatlantic] 8-bits and 80 columns

Adam Sampson ats at offog.org
Sat Jun 25 21:46:40 UTC 2022

John Heritage via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org>

> Which (popular) 8-bit computers gained "easy" or even "standard" 80
> column support? [...]
> BBC Micro -  Looks like a native mode for 80 column support?

Acorn's BBC Model B and later have 80x32 and 80x25 monochrome text modes
(the Model A has the hardware, but doesn't have enough memory to use
them). The Acorn Electron also supports these modes.

Also in popular UK machines: All machines in the Amstrad CPC series have
at least a 2-colour 640x200 mode, so they can do 80 column text. Most
models in the Amstrad PCW series -- excepting the PcW16, which wasn't
really a success -- use a 90x32 monochrome text mode, giving some extra
space for margins when doing word processing.

Adam Sampson <ats at offog.org>                         <http://offog.org/>

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