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Beginning of Unicode art

Although Unicode includes the entire ASCII character sets used on the PC, Unicode art also differs greatly from both ASCII art and ANSI art leaving us with a need to place it into two simple and generalized basic stylistic categories due to the nature of the fonts intended to be used for optimal viewing:

  • Fixed-width style
  • Proportional (variable) style (with names of fonts used)

Other indicators may include colour and animation, but these aren't as important as the two style categories because they're expansions rather than limitations.

A few simple examples of Unicode art by Randolf Richardson (in British Columbia, Canada) provided in the hopes of encouraging other ASCII artists to make some attempts:

Unicode .PNG Description
҈
V
Title:  Ice cream on a cone
Style:  Proportional
Unicodes:  20h, 56h, 488h
𐀔
⋰ ⑊
ѫ⋅⋅⋅ж
Title:  Star Trek (original series) - a three-way battle between the U.S.S. Enterprise, a Romulan Bird of Prey, and a Klingon Battle Cruiser
Style:  Fixed-width
Unicodes:  20h, 436h, 46Bh, 22C5h, 22F0h, 244Ah, 10014h

 

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