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Code page 850 is a code page that was used in western Europe, under systems such as DOS. It was also sometimes used on English DOS systems although CP437 was generally the default on those. It was largely replaced first with windows-1252 (often mislabeled as ISO-8859-1) and later by UCS-2 and finally UTF-16 (while the NT line was natively unicode from the start, issues of development tool support and compatibility with windows 9x kept most applications on the 8 bit code pages). According to Microsoft, it is obsolete and unsupported.

CP850 differs from CP437 in that many of the box drawing characters, Greek letters, and various symbols were replaced with additional Latin letters with diacritics, thus greatly improving support for Western European languages (all characters from ISO 8859-1 are included). At the same time, the changes frequently caused display glitches in programs that actually made use of the box drawing characters to display a GUI-like surface in text mode, such as the ubiquitous Turbo Pascal.

A modification of CP850 is CP858, differing only in the character at position D5HEX: the Turkish dotless-i (ı) in CP850, which is replaced with a euro sign (€) in CP858.

Code page layout

Standard ASCII and ISO 8859-1 (Latin-1) character glyphs are shown as colored cells.

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0−
 
NUL
0000
0

263A
1

263B
2

2665
3

2666
4

2663
5

2660
6

2022
7

25D8
8

25CB
9

25D9
10

2642
11

2640
12

266A
13

266B
14

263C
15
 
1−
 

25BA
16

25C4
17

2195
18

203C
19

00B6
20
§
00A7
21

25AC
22

21A8
23

2191
24

2193
25

2192
26

2190
27

221F
28

2194
29

25B2
30

25BC
31
 
2−
 
SP
0020
32
!
0021
33
"
0022
34
#
0023
35
$
0024
36
%
0025
37
&
0026
38
'
0027
39
(
0028
40
)
0029
41
*
002A
42
+
002B
43
,
002C
44
-
002D
45
.
002E
46
/
002F
47
 
3−
 
0
0030
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1
0031
49
2
0032
50
3
0033
51
4
0034
52
5
0035
53
6
0036
54
7
0037
55
8
0038
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9
0039
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:
003A
58
;
003B
59
<
003C
60
=
003D
61
>
003E
62
?
003F
63
 
4−
 
@
0040
64
A
0041
65
B
0042
66
C
0043
67
D
0044
68
E
0045
69
F
0046
70
G
0047
71
H
0048
72
I
0049
73
J
004A
74
K
004B
75
L
004C
76
M
004D
77
N
004E
78
O
004F
79
 
5−
 
P
0050
80
Q
0051
81
R
0052
82
S
0053
83
T
0054
84
U
0055
85
V
0056
86
W
0057
87
X
0058
88
Y
0059
89
Z
005A
90
[
005B
91
\
005C
92
]
005D
93
^
005E
94
_
005F
95
 
6−
 
`
0060
96
a
0061
97
b
0062
98
c
0063
99
d
0064
100
e
0065
101
f
0066
102
g
0067
103
h
0068
104
i
0069
105
j
006A
106
k
006B
107
l
006C
108
m
006D
109
n
006E
110
o
006F
111
 
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p
0070
112
q
0071
113
r
0072
114
s
0073
115
t
0074
116
u
0075
117
v
0076
118
w
0077
119
x
0078
120
y
0079
121
z
007A
122
{
007B
123
|
007C
124
}
007D
125
~
007E
126

2302
127
 
8−
 
Ç
00C7
128
ü
00FC
129
é
00E9
130
â
00E2
131
ä
00E4
132
à
00E0
133
å
00E5
134
ç
00E7
135
ê
00EA
136
ë
00EB
137
è
00E8
138
ï
00EF
139
î
00EE
140
ì
00EC
141
Ä
00C4
142
Å
00C5
143
 
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É
00C9
144
æ
00E6
145
Æ
00C6
146
ô
00F4
147
ö
00F6
148
ò
00F2
149
û
00FB
150
ù
00F9
151
ÿ
00FF
152
Ö
00D6
153
Ü
00DC
154
ø
00F8
155
£
00A3
156
Ø
00D8
157
×
00D7
158
ƒ
0192
159
 
A−
 
á
00E1
160
í
00ED
161
ó
00F3
162
ú
00FA
163
ñ
00F1
164
Ñ
00D1
165
ª
00AA
166
º
00BA
167
¿
00BF
168
®
00AE
169
¬
00AC
170
½
00BD
171
¼
00BC
172
¡
00A1
173
«
00AB
174
»
00BB
175
 
B−
 

2591
176

2592
177

2593
178

2502
179

2524
180
Á
00C1
181
Â
00C2
182
À
00C0
183
©
00A9
184

2563
185

2551
186

2557
187

255D
188
¢
00A2
189
¥
00A5
190

2510
191
 
C−
 

2514
192

2534
193

252C
194

251C
195

2500
196

253C
197
ã
00E3
198
Ã
00C3
199

255A
200

2554
201

2569
202

2566
203

2560
204

2550
205

256C
206
¤
00A4
207
 
D−
 
ð
00F0
208
Ð
00D0
209
Ê
00CA
210
Ë
00CB
211
È
00C8
212
ı
0131
213
Í
00CD
214
Î
00CE
215
Ï
00CF
216

2518
217

250C
218

2588
219

2584
220
¦
00A6
221
Ì
00CC
222

2580
223
 
E−
 
Ó
00D3
224
ß
00DF
225
Ô
00D4
226
Ò
00D2
227
õ
00F5
228
Õ
00D5
229
µ
00B5
230
þ
00FE
231
Þ
00DE
232
Ú
00DA
233
Û
00DB
234
Ù
00D9
235
ý
00FD
236
Ý
00DD
237
¯
00AF
238
´
00B4
239
 
F−
 
SHY
00AD
240
±
00B1
241

2017
242
¾
00BE
243

00B6
244
§
00A7
245
÷
00F7
246
¸
00B8
247
°
00B0
248
¨
00A8
249
·
00B7
250
¹
00B9
251
³
00B3
252
²
00B2
253

25A0
254
NBSP
00A0
255
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  • The C0 control range (0x00–0x1F hex) is mapped to graphics characters. The codes can assume their original function as controls (as they still do—typing "echo", space, control-G and then Enter causes the PC speaker to emit a beep—even on the command prompt on Windows XP), but in display, for example in a screen editor like MS-DOS edit, they show as graphics. The graphics are various, such as smiling faces, card suits and musical notes. Code 0x7F, DEL, similarly shows as a graphic (a house).

See also

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