Teletext Add-on

Create, edit and publish teletext pages. Integrate teletext into the Sophora workflow and maintain familiar working methods.

Sophora Teletext: Teletext Editor in the DeskClient
Sophora Teletext: Teletext Editor in the DeskClient (Image: subshell/CC BY)

The module Sophora Teletext contains a teletext text-field, a teletext exporter and a matching document type as well as scripts.

These are components used for integrating the teletext within a project into other workflows. Also, the components help to create the administration of the index sites and magazines the same way, the administration of homepages for the web are created.

The teletext content is written within Sophora notifications and placed on teletext overview pages.

On the basis of sorting notifications in the overview page, page numbers are set and updated automatically.

Managing and Publishing Teletext Pages in Sophora: Highlights

Highlights include:

  • Ideal choice for comprehensive and cross media editorial processes
  • Cross media publication of teletext content
  • Comfortable creation of index site by drag & drop
  • Teletext-field with automatic and manual syllable division, a spelling checker, the possibility to change colors of particular words, symbol counter and rules for line termination (length and height)
  • Integrated preview
  • Automatic occupancy of slots or tables based on pages of the index site
  • Integrated timing control
  • Joint technological platform for online, mobile, teletext and more
  • Structured administration of content for example separation of title, text and page number
  • Copy and paste function for the delivery of content
  • Saving documents in a media neutral xml format
  • Possibility of summarizing teletext editing and editing of other content within one document
  • Linking teletext content with images and videos for the play out within other channels such as HbbTV.


The module Teletext consists of:

  • Editor (ITE field type)
  • Overview Pages
  • Search
  • Planned Publishing
  • Teletext Exporter
  • Teletext Converter
  • Scripts
  • Teletext document types and mixins
Sophora Teletext: Schematic Overview
Sophora Teletext: Schematic Overview (Image: subshell/CC BY)


With the help of a teletext input type field, editors have the opportunity to integrate teletext content into other documents, for example into an article site.

To highlight certain words, you have the opportunity to change their color within a teletext input field. Color settings consider limiting control of the teletext.

Highlights include:

  • Automatic and manual syllable division
  • Spelling checker
  • Setting of text color
  • Symbol counter
  • Structured editing of the teletext, for example by distinction of headline and text
  • Creation and differentiation of teletext multiple sites
  • Setting color of text background
  • Setting text links by drag & drop
  • Consideration of teletext rules for line termination (length and height)
  • Automatic adjustment of the field size by a formular field change script: : In order to comply with character limitations, Sophora customizes the field size dynamically. Character limitations appear to the editor with the help of blue lines
  • Character replacement by means of a configuration document: The module includes a script with a default set, which can be amended by clients very easily (Teletext level 1: national alphabet version German)

The Editor is a DeskClient plug-in.

Sophora Teletext: Teletext Editor in the DeskClient at NDR - Article
Sophora Teletext: Teletext Editor in the DeskClient at NDR - Article (Image: subshell/CC BY)

Teletext Overview Pages

Overview pages used with the add on can be edited the same way as the homepage within Sophora. Therefore, editors of the site can compile short notifications and other linked documents quick and easily by drag and drop.

Even necessary layout elements, such as empty rows, separators or lines can be included comfortably.

As a starting point for the own implementation we deliver an example configuration. 

The allocation of the slots arises automatically from the order of the site and other rules, which can be implemented as the client wishes.

The overview pages have the following characteristics:

  • Drag & Drop of Teletext pages
  • Automatic assignment of correct page numbers on basis of page order on the overview page

The Overview Pages are standard documents in Sophora using components and custom scripts to enable specific teletext features.

Sophora Teletext: Teletext Index Page in the DeskClient
Sophora Teletext: Teletext Index Page in the DeskClient (Image: subshell/CC BY)

Teletext Exporter

The Teletext Exporter is a program for site management, the preview and the delivery of teletext pages.

Highlights include:

  • Automatic allocation of correct page numbers on basis of the overview pages’ site order
  • Alien notifications
  • Notifications on subpages
  • Update of page references
  • Simple header- and footer field logic
  • SFTP upload
  • Preview of teletext sites including overview sites
  • Templates for page header and page footer: Integration of external ETP with layout information by means of the ETP document type
  • API for the creation of project specific pages

The Teletext Exporter is a Java program, which is connected to the Sophora primary and uses Spring Data Sophora as well as Sophora Client API.

Teletext Exporter contains, with the Teletext Converter, an additional Java library for generating teletext pages.

The Teletext Exporter can be installed on various servers and can run, without delivering to the teletext annex—in case of breakdowns it gets activated.

In combination with a Sophora cluster the Teletext Exporter swivels in case of a cluster swing on the new primary server.

Teletext Preview at NDR
Teletext Preview at NDR

Search for Teletext Pages

The special search for teletext contains the following functions:

  • Search for teletext slots by entering three-digit numbers in the search
  • Display of page numbers in the component structure
  • Overview of assigned page numbers, both from the live and from the work status

Planned Publishing

The following time controls are integrated:

  • Time control of components on overview pages
  • Time control of teletext pages with a fixed page number

Teletext Converter

The Java library Teletext Converter takes charge of the generation of the preview production of teletext (EP1 or ETP).

The Teletext Converter can be used regardless of Sophora, to generate ETP sites.

Scripts for Teletext

A number of scripts exist for e.g. formula field modification, validation, copying content of fields from web notifications into the teletext field and the other way around.

Furthermore scripts exist for checking constant page numbers, setting up alien notification flags, symbol replacement by means of a configuration document (editable when required).

Teletext Document Types

Documents type for teletext overview sites (editable when required): Mixins for the integration of teletext field into other documents or for teletext documents.

Teletext in the MobileClient

Sophora's MobileClient features a simpified text field for teletext pages.

Sophora Teletext: Simplified Teletext Editor in the MobileClient
Sophora Teletext: Simplified Teletext Editor in the MobileClient (Image: subshell/CC BY)

Case Studies


Development, Editing
Compatible With
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Sophora DeskClient and MobileClient Plug-in
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