Should that be 179?

Posted on 23 September 2004 in BBC red button, Interactive TV, Television (No comments)

In the week that Ceefax turns 30, it's kinda appropriate that on Monday I did something which a couple of people probably did 30 years ago.

I sat in a room with two other people, making up page numbers.

It's not east. You have to think future aspirations - if we put X on number Y, will that be okay when we launch project Z next year? Or what if we add A - would we have to renumber B to make space? And little things like Ceefax having a joint Golf and Tennis menu whilst BBCi has separate ones...

Of course Ceefax isn't perfect, numberwise - Sport is spread over 300-399, 660-698 and 480-489, and before last year, there didn't seem to be that much logic to the 500s. But then, how many users actually put that much thought into the logic of the numbers? Does someone sit at home thinking "Why are the schedules for BBC7 on page 658, yet all the other radio stations are in the 640s?" Unlikely.

But it does make you wonder. Why is Cricket on 340 - does that mean its viewed as less important than Golf And Tennis which gets 330? And then you think thoughts drift along the lines of.... well maybe it was to the person who decided it should be there!

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