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SIXEL file extension - DEC LN03+ Sixel bitmap image file

What is sixel file? How to open sixel files?

File type specification:

Bitmap image file type icon Bitmap image file type

The SIXEL file extension is associated with the DEC LN03 or LN03+ printer, that is used DEC ANSI/Sixel printer language.

DEC ANSI/Sixel uses ANSI (American National Standards Institute) escape codes for the positioning of text, selection of fonts etc. (many personal computers and computer terminals also use ANSI escape sequences for positioning text on the screen). As ANSI escape codes are primarily designed for the manipulation of text, an additional mechanism is required for graphics. Bitmap graphics are supported, but are encoded in a special format called Sixels designed to simplify communication via serial ports.

DEC ANSI/Sixel was initially used on dot matrix printers, but Digital's first desktop office laser printer, the DEC LN03, also used DEC ANSI/Sixel. As the LN03 is supported by a wide range of applications on DEC minicomputers, printer manufacturers who supply laser printers for use with DEC minicomputers often provide an emulation of the LN03 printer.

The LN03 was suitable for use with word-processing and data-processing applications, and when expanded with extra memory (called the LN03+) was suitable for simple graphics. More sophisticated applications on DEC minicomputers normally use PostScript.

Help how to open SIXEL files:

Currently there is no specific information available, about how to open this bitmap file type.
For general information try to look at:
Basic info how to open bitmap images

How to convert file with extension SIXEL:

There is no specific information in the database, about how to convert this file extension.
For general information try to look at:
Basic info how to convert bitmap files

File identification strings:

HEX code: 90 30 3B 30 3B 38 71 22 31 3B
ASCII code: .0;0;8q"1;

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