Star Wars is making a new trilogy. Disney is releasing live
actions versions of old favorites. And the Marvel Avengers are relevant again.
Is it the 80’s and 90’s again? Because I feel like I’m going to turn around and
see Marty McFly and Doc Brown running at me shouting about Flux Capacitors.
Well, how’s this for a throwback? Remember ANSI and ASCII
art, back from the old depths of the days when BBS’ were still a thing and dial
up internet meant your mom would tell you to get off the computer so she could
make a call? Those were the good old days right? Well, did you know that they
were based on an old standard?
ANSI X3.64 defines a set of encoded functions to facilitate
data interchange with two-dimensional imaging devices, including display and
printer terminals. The corresponding International Standard is ISO DP-6429. You
can read more about the history of the art form here: https://blog.sourcerer.io/ascii-art-dead-or-alive-cc237391e5d8.
As old as it is, there is still a small following of artists
creating ANSI/ASCII art, and a few websites (https://16colo.rs) that are archiving
surviving examples of such art. But the newer generation can still use tools
like Java to make such art without having to go learn the ANSI/ASCII standard. Ori
I don’t know about you, but that seems pretty cool.