Talk:ASCII art

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Mona redirect[edit]

Mona (ASCII art) redirects here, but there is no explanation of Mona in the article. -- Beland (talk) 05:20, 6 June 2012 (UTC)

As I recall it, Mona was non-notable software promoted by its developer. If that is correct, the appropriate action would be to delete the redirect TEDickey (talk) 08:07, 6 June 2012 (UTC)

No specific mention of AOL macros[edit]

There is no reference in the article to AOL "macros." I think it would be appropriate to specifically mention these in the "Non fixed-width ASCII" section as they became fairly recognizable in the late 90's when much of the general population of the United States connected to the internet through AOL. For many of these people, macros were their sole exposure to any form of ASCII art besides rudimentary forms like emoticons.

Macros were originally works of ASCII art modified to display properly in AOL chatrooms. Chatrooms were limited to the proportional font Arial (size 10). The font also included characters not traditionally used with works of ASCII art. Macros eventually grew to become their own entity and were quite popular until AOL stopped becoming a popular means of connecting to the internet. In the late 90's, I ran a site called The Macrohouse which displayed thousands of these macros from about a hundred different artists. I've rescued many of them through the Wayback Machine. Because of their font limitations, macros were not often used outside of AOL, but they should still be a recognized part of ASCII art history. Because Arial is a proportional font with a larger character set, macro art works were often more detailed than traditional ASCII art. If you're interested in including macro art in this article, let me know and I'll write something more appropriate. I could also provide images. I only refrain from doing so now because, at the time, much of the ASCII art community shared a general disdain for macro art. It existed outside the "rules" of traditional ASCII art and most of the macro artists were younger people. Eventually, some prominent members of the ASCII art community, like Joan Stark, began to recognize them, but most of the community was either apathetic or suppressed them. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Macrohouse (talkcontribs) 20:46, 30 October 2012 (UTC)


The Shift_JIS section seems to have been written by someone who doesn't speak English. I can't fix it, I don't know what it means! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:18, 29 December 2013 (UTC)

External links[edit]

Would like to add:

It has several innovative features that make it easier for newcomers to experiment with ASCII and its limitations, and to share their color artwork using bbcode, html, or images. Any objections? (talk) 00:57, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

There's nothing compelling about it - WP:EL applies TEDickey (talk) 01:07, 20 March 2014 (UTC)