I Am 7 Bit ASCII and Didn’t Know It

I know there are different types of ASCII art. I call some text art.Then ANSI art, Japanese ASCII art and computer generated (scanned images which are not really art at all).

Others, like typewriter art, are pretty simple to figure out (made on a typewriter).

But, I have heard the terms new skool, old skool, and of course, being a spelling and grammar person, I have never really liked them.… Read the rest

The Demise of the $.01 Sign

Originally posted by Charlie Anderson. The site seems to be hanging on but has not been updated since 2003. I liked finding a post about an ASCII art character (more history to it than that of course). We don’t think about the individual keyboard characters very often, but they have been around for centuries, long before they were placed on a keyboard.… Read the rest

Fonts that Work with ASCII Text Art

Making ASCII Art with Fixed Width, Sans-Serif Fonts.

I’ve been making ASCII art since 1998. I’m a great fan of the FixedSys font. It is a monospace font which works very well for illustrating with text. The individual characters are plain and straight up and down, without many flourishes. (Plain fonts, without flourishes are called sans-serif).… Read the rest

Finding the Fixed Sys Font

Once upon a time when I made ASCII Art, I was a great fan of the FixedSys font. It is a monospace font which works very well for illustrating with text. However, in my Windows Vista computer the FixedSys font is missing. I looked for it, tried other options, but was not happy. So I went online to see what people were writing about it.… Read the rest