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ANSI art, based on the 256 ANSI character set, was a natural outgrowth of ASCII art. Just like ASCII art uses letters, numbers, and basic symbols to create images out of computer characters, ANSI does the same only with the additional 128 mathematical and foreign characters unavailable in the ASCII character set.

Aside from the inclusion of the additional 128 characters, the defining trait of most ANSI art is a more blocky appearance as the ANSI set includes large rectangular characters frequently used to shade ANSI art and create contrast.

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