ASCII art is artwork created using the set of 128 symbols in the ASCII character set (English letters, numbers, and symbols). By aligning various characters the illusion of or the symbolic representation of an image is achieved. While many examples of ASCII art are multi-line, even a simple combination of characters, such as <(o.o)> , can yield a recognizable pattern.
While ASCII art was originally hand-coded (someone had to select each character manually), programs and web sites now exist to convert existing images (such as JPEGs and GIFs) into ASCII art.
- By Jason Fitzpatrick on 09/25/13