Talk:Bell character

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Why called bell?[edit]

It is called the bell character because the sound used to be a bell? Melchoir 03:26, 26 February 2006 (UTC)

Yes; as I recall, teletypewriters ("teletypes" or TTYs) had electromechanical bells, and receiving a "bell" character would cause the TTY to strike the bell with the hammer via a solenoid. To maintain backward compatibility, video display terminals (VDTs) that replaced TTYs included speakers or buzzers to perform the same function, as did the personal computers that followed. - Johnlogic (talk) 18:19, 1 February 2009 (UTC)


Instead of using control-B (for "bell"), do you reckon that control-G could have been selected to ring the "gong"? - Johnlogic (talk) 18:19, 1 February 2009 (UTC)

I'm pretty sure that there would be no need for a gong on a computer. (talk) 04:51, 18 February 2009 (UTC)

If bell character in article...[edit]

Would including the actual '�' character in the article cause a "ding" when it loaded? (talk) 02:29, 10 March 2009 (UTC)

Only if displayed on a TTY or similar. (talk) 08:10, 19 March 2010 (UTC)

The unicode character U+2022, a bullet, is also converted to BEL for some reason. The seemingly random beeping drived me nuts for two years until I finally found out what happens. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:10, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

BEL in Baudot code?[edit]

I'm not sure that Baudot codes contained BEL. ITA2 does, but that's more recent. See Baudot code, or here. I'm not sure what's right, so I won't remove the claim. Proxyma (talk) 07:27, 22 August 2013 (UTC)

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