Re: CBM International CHAROMs

From: Anders Carlsson <>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:54:23 +0200
Message-ID: <08762B81663D4D7D9FCC67B8D0DD7812@ZAPACASUS>
Jesper wrote:

> IIRC the conclusion was that commodore never offically procuded any roms 
> for Denmark or Norway as those markets were too small, only Sweden.

It sounds plausible. Also, I still believe that Datatronic had a very 
specific relation with Commodore International, on a deeper level than any 
other international Commodore importer/agent had. Datatronic at a very early 
stage equipped the PET computers with Swedish characters, developed a vast 
range of PET business applications for the Swedish market which they made a 
lot of profit from. I'm not sure the same kind of market was worked up in 
any other non-English speaking countries, at least not relative to 

You have some character sets here, including a Norwegian PET character set, 
but I don't know if it is original or home grown. There is also a Norwegian 
C128 character ROM based on VIC-20 but it sounds very much home grown.

Also you have to ask yourself how many different character sets there could 

Swedish/Finnish (A-Z + ÅÄÖ, total 29 letters)
Norwegian/Danish (A-z + ÆØÅ, total 29 characters)
German/Austria (A-Z + ÄÖÛ and small ß, total 30 characters)
French (A-Z + 18 diacritics and ligatures, total 44 characters)
Spanish (A-Z + Ñ, total 27 characters)

I wouldn't expect any Eastern European character sets, perhaps Polish.

Best regards

Anders Carlsson

       Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing list
Received on 2014-09-14 16:02:04

Archive generated by hypermail 2.2.0.