and it is constructed from an expansive set of 256 characters, including
letters, numbers, and systems that are found in the IBM Code Page 437.
These characters, which allow for the representation of shapes and patterns,
are also known as the extended ASCII and are used in MS-DOS and Unix
environments. ANSI art is also distinguished by its use of special ANSI
escape sequences (or “ANSI escape codes”) that color text with the 16
foreground and 8 background colors offered by ANSI.SYS
(pronounced an-see-dot-siss), a DOS device driver. ANSI art and text
files that incorporate ANSI codes carry the .ANS file extension.
art is essentially images created only
through text characters.
(pronounced ask-ee) includes a set of 128
characters, and the art utilizes control characters and graphic characters,
such as letters, digits, and symbols. While ultimately tracing its origins to
text-based art delivered though typewriters, ASCII thrived as the visual language
of pre-WWW networks like BBSs and Telnet.
Catch 22 BBS (ANSI)- by Knockturnal<Blocktronics> and Sudden Death<CiA>
ArakNet Promo (ASCII)- by Prismate<iMPURE>
Example of Unicode ANSI - Example: Taiwanese BBS Menu
You'll be required to use a DOS emulator(DOSBOX, DOSEmu) or have a Windows or Native DOS environment (MSDOS, PCDOS) to run the DOS specified applications.