Digital Equipment Corporation Multinational Character Set (DEC MCS)

This page contains a table of the Digital Equipment Corporation Multinational Character Set (DEC-MCS) for Western European languages. This table, unlike the others at this site, does not include the characters literally within the brackets; they would never be shown correctly because browsers don't support the MIME charset name "DEC-MCS". Therefore numeric character references are used within the brackets to obtain the correct presentation.

DEC MCS is similar to ISO 8859-1 (and in fact is its precursor), differing in three positions, and with 15 additional positions undefined. The 18 differences are marked with asterisk ("*").

Sources: VMS General User's Manual, Digital Equipment Corporation, AA-LA98A-TE, April 1988; VT330/VT340 Programmer Reference Manual, Volume 1: Text Programming, Digital Equipment Corporation, EK-VT3XX-TP-002, May 1988.


  DEC Multinational Character Set
  Char Dec Col/Row Oct Hex  UCS2  Description              
* [ ]  160  10/00  240  A0        UNDEFINED
  [¡]  161  10/01  241  A1  0161  INVERTED EXCLAMATION MARK
  [¢]  162  10/02  242  A2  0162  CENT SIGN
  [£]  163  10/03  243  A3  0163  POUND SIGN
* [ ]  164  10/04  244  A4        UNDEFINED
  [¥]  165  10/05  245  A5  0165  YEN SIGN
* [ ]  166  10/06  246  A6        UNDEFINED
  [§]  167  10/07  247  A7  0167  PARAGRAPH SIGN
  [¨]  168  10/08  250  A8  0168  CURRENCY SYMBOL
  [©]  169  10/09  251  A9  0169  COPYRIGHT SIGN
  [ª]  170  10/10  252  AA  0170  FEMININE ORDINAL INDICATOR
  [«]  171  10/11  253  AB  0171  LEFT ANGLE QUOTATION MARK
* [ ]  172  10/12  254  AC        UNDEFINED
* [ ]  173  10/13  255  AD        UNDEFINED
* [ ]  174  10/14  256  AE        UNDEFINED
* [ ]  175  10/15  257  AF        UNDEFINED
  [°]  176  11/00  260  B0  0176  DEGREE SIGN, RING ABOVE
  [±]  177  11/01  261  B1  0177  PLUS-MINUS SIGN
  [²]  178  11/02  262  B2  0178  SUPERSCRIPT TWO
  [³]  179  11/03  263  B3  0179  SUPERSCRIPT THREE
* [ ]  180  11/04  264  B4        UNDEFINED
  [µ]  181  11/05  265  B5  0181  MICRO SIGN
  [¶]  182  11/06  266  B6  0182  PILCROW SIGN
  [·]  183  11/07  267  B7  0183  MIDDLE DOT
* [ ]  184  11/08  270  B8        UNDEFINED
  [¹]  185  11/09  271  B9  0185  SUPERSCRIPT ONE
  [º]  186  11/10  272  BA  0186  MASCULINE ORDINAL INDICATOR
  [»]  187  11/11  273  BB  0187  RIGHT ANGLE QUOTATION MARK
  [¼]  188  11/12  274  BC  0188  VULGAR FRACTION ONE QUARTER
  [½]  189  11/13  275  BD  0189  VULGAR FRACTION ONE HALF
* [ ]  190  11/14  276  BE        UNDEFINED
  [¿]  191  11/15  277  BF  0191  INVERTED QUESTION MARK
  [À]  192  12/00  300  C0  0192  CAPITAL LETTER A WITH GRAVE
  [Á]  193  12/01  301  C1  0193  CAPITAL LETTER A WITH ACUTE
  [Â]  194  12/02  302  C2  0194  CAPITAL LETTER A WITH CIRCUMFLEX
  [Ã]  195  12/03  303  C3  0195  CAPITAL LETTER A WITH TILDE
  [Ä]  196  12/04  304  C4  0196  CAPITAL LETTER A WITH DIAERESIS
  [Å]  197  12/05  305  C5  0197  CAPITAL LETTER A WITH RING ABOVE
  [Æ]  198  12/06  306  C6  0198  CAPITAL DIPHTHONG A WITH E
  [Ç]  199  12/07  307  C7  0199  CAPITAL LETTER C W