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What`s ASCII ?



ASCII (ask'-ee) is an acronym for "American Standard Code for Information Interchange."
This standard was developed by the American National Standards Institute.
It is a coding scheme which assigns numeric values to letters, numbers,
punctuation marks, and other certain characters such as control codes.
By standardizing the values for these characters, ASCII enables computers
and computer programs to exchange information. ASCII is the basic coding
system which computers use to communicate with one another.Essentially,
ASCII artwork denotes pictures which are created without using graphics.
They are "non-graphical graphics". Its palette is limited to the symbols
and characters that you have available to you on your computer keyboard.
Specifically those 95 which are listed on the below ASCII chart. International
symbols, such as the UK pound sterling sign, are not considered to be ASCII
characters because they are not universal on all systems

The ASCII character set consists of 128 characters (numbered from 0 to 127)
which are standard on nearly all types of computers.
The first 32 characters (0 to 31) are assigned to communication and
printer control codes-- non-printing characters --
these include the control codes for signalling end of transmission,
a beep, escape, backspace, and more.


The last ASCII character, 127, is another control code representing
the'Delete' key. The other characters (32 to 126) are the ones which
appearon a "standard" keyboard.
These are the characters which are used to create ASCII art.

The ASCII characters used in ASCII art are the 95 characters from #32 to #126, as follows.

     032 [space] 048 0       064 @       080 P       096 `       112 p
     033 !       049 1       065 A       081 Q       097 a       113 q
     034 "       050 2       066 B       082 R       098 b       114 r
     035 #       051 3       067 C       083 S       099 c       115 s
     036 $       052 4       068 D       084 T       100 d       116 t
     037 %       053 5       069 E       085 U       101 e       117 u
     038 &       054 6       070 F       086 V       102 f       118 v
     039 '       055 7       071 G       087 W       103 g       119 w
     040 (       056 8       072 H       088 X       104 h       120 x
     041 )       057 9       073 I       089 Y       105 i       121 y
     042 *       058 :       074 J       090 Z       106 j       122 z
     043 +       059 ;       075 K       091 [       107 k       123 {
     044 ,       060 <       076 L       092 \       108 l       124 |
     045 -       061 =       077 M       093 ]       109 m       125 }
     046 .       062 >       078 N       094 ^       110 n       126 ~
     047 /       063 ?       079 O       095 _       111 o


What`s ASCII Art Good For ?



ASCII Art is the dinosaur of computer graphics.
It can be useful since many people's e-mail
programs do not view graphics files without the
help of another program. Some e-mail
programs don't allow anything except text files
to be sent and/or received. And most people are
leery about downloading an unknown attachment.
Using ASCII characters to create a text drawing
allows pictures to be added to nearly all email.
The only catch is that the reader must view
the ASCII art picture in a fixed-pitch font--
and nearly all mail readers have an option for fixed-pitch fonts.

Here Are Some Good Uses For ASCII Art:

  • to add pictures to text email
  • for illustrations of subject matter
  • to create flow charts or diagrams
  • for birthday/holiday greetings
  • for signature files
  • to liven-up dull but essential business email
  • to illustrate e-zines
  • for use on text-only webpages.

  • (some people still use Lynx and other non-graphical browsers, believe it or not!)
  • for use on any webpages

  • (text pictures loads faster than the large graphics
    many people turn graphics off)
  • to create coloring pages for children and adults
  • for use on BBSs (bulletin board systems)
  • for use on MUDs and MUGs (multi-user dungeons and games)
  • for use on mIRC (internet relay chat)
  • to print out for Holiday cards and greetings
  • just for fun and aesthetic value!


  • Veiwing ASCII Art Correctly



    You must display it in a font that has uniform
    character width.This is also known as a "fixed-pitch font."Your
    browser should have some provision for setting a fixed font. Fixed-pitch
    fonts include "Courier" "FixedSys", or "Monaco". This is important because
    viewing ASCII art in proportional spacing will cause it to look skewed.
    ASCII Art is not made in proportional fonts because the letter widths vary
    from font to font. Even if you know what font the pictures were created
    in, it still tends to look skewed. ASCII art is universal but only if
    it is created and viewed in a fixed-pitch font and without any non-ASCII characters.

    Does ASCII art looks fine on my website and itlooks skewed on their system.
    Check the font!!!! ASCII art **must** be created and viewed in the fixed-pitch
    font. (AOL and WebTV users-- you ONLY have capabilities for a proportional
    font-- you will not be able to see the ASCII art properly unless you copy/paste
    it to notepad or a text editor in the proper font; or unless you print it out).




    ASCII Big Cat Photos


    My Collection Of ASCII Art: Pictures By Various Artists.

    Who Did It ?

    LionTigerLeopardCheetah
    PantherCaracalLynxSimba



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