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  !___/ !___/  What is the best way to view asco-o art?             _/ \_


  For best results in viewing asco-o art, try:

  o  A 'non-proportional' font, also called a 'mono-spaced' font.  This
     is a font that displays the same number of characters per inch, no
     matter what the actual width of the characters.  So the letters i
                                                     and n and m are
     iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii   displayed at the
     nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn   same characters per
     MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM   inch.  If you are
                                                     actually viewing
     with a non-proportional, or mono-spaced, font, the three lines in
     the inset area above should appear the same length.  If they don't
     look the same length, try another font.  Names to look for on
     various systems include: Monaco, Courier, Courier New, Video
     Terminal, System, TTY, VT100, Screen, Terminal, FixedSys, Line
     Printer, etc.  This is a simple Geometric Article.  It is used as a
     wrap-around for the lines of characters.

  o  A small, say, 9 point font, will help to increase the apparent
     resolution.  A small font also helps the illusion of gray scale
     images.

  o  Viewing from a distance of a meter or more also helps.

  o  Using light characters on a dark background.  Many asco-o pictures
     are meant to be viewed light on dark.  This is because the artist
     can more easily control the light and get a better lighting effect.
     Also, the viewer benefits because there is less glare than you would
     get from a light background.


  And in some instances:

  o  While most gray scale pics are made to be viewed light characters on
     a dark background, some will be made to be viewed dark on light.
     This is because they are meant to be printed with dark ink on light
     paper.  Use dark characters on a light background or print them out.

  o  While most asco-o pics are made to be viewed on a monitor that
     displays 80 characters across, some asco-o pics are wider, say,
     81 to 132 characters across.  They are meant to be printed.  Use a
     small, say, 4 point type, and view dark on light, or print them out.

  o  While most asco-o art is either ready to view, 'cat' or print, you
     may find art that has been saved as a picture in a bitmap, EPS, GIF,
     or other binary format.  These must be viewed or printed with the
     appropriate software.


  There are a few important things to remember when making, viewing, or
  talking about an asco-o art image.  And they're obvious but almost
  always forgotten.

  o  Even though different fonts may all be mono-spaced, they ARE
     different, and can make a picture LOOK different.  Some artists may
     mention the font the picture was made with.

  o  A font may be serif or sans-serif (serifs are the little feet on
     characters).  The ascenders and descenders may be straight or
     curved.  And characters may be wide or narrow.

  o  The weight, or heaviness of characters can vary.  Serifs, the little
     feet on characters, can make them look heavier.  Especially effected
     by weight inconsistencies are symbols like:

     #  hatch/hash mark
     $  dollar sign
     @  at sign

  o  Shapes can vary too.  Here are some of the more consistent shapes:

     -  dash
     /  slash
     \  backslash

     Richard Kirk says "Shapes to be wary of are":

     ~  sometimes sits high, sometimes in middle
     ^  same reason
     *  same reason
     &  sometimes closed, sometimes open
     |  same reason
     '  sometimes hooked left, sometimes straight
     [] sometimes centered, sometimes far off
     <> sometimes touch top and bottom, sometimes centered
     0  sometimes with slash, sometimes open
     l  sometimes with base, sometimes not
     y  sometimes straight tail, sometimes curved

  o  According to Jorn in his "asco-otech" file, "Unfortunately, this
     narrow standard ignored the needs of many other cultures: the
     British 'pound' sign, letters with accents in French and
     Scandinavian alphabets, etc., which led them to introduce slight
     modifications to the standard, making the following symbols (at
     least) non-universal":

     ^  caret
     `  backquote
     #  hatch/hash mark
     |  pipe
     {} curly braces
     ~  tilde
     \  backslash
     [] square brackets
     $  dollar sign
     @  at sign

  o  Different systems display text differently.  If you look at a
     picture on a terminal at a Unix site, and then bring it home and
     view it on a Mac, it will look different.  On the Mac, it will be
     displayed shorter top to bottom.  In other words, it will have a
     greater aspect ratio.  Even though it contains the same number of
     lines.

  This is an Aspect Ratio Scale:

      0.0  0.5  1.0  1.5  2.0  2.5  3.0  3.5  4.0  4.5  5.0  5.5  6.0
      -+----+----+----+----+----+----+----+----+----+----+----+----+---->
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       |          To get the aspect ratio of the screen you are viewing:
       |
       |
       |http://www.o-o.lt/asco-o|   asco-51   |http://www.d2b.org/asco-o|
       |http://www.o-o.lt/asco-o|   asco-52   |http://www.d2b.org/asco-o|
       |http://www.o-o.lt/asco-o|   asco-53   |http://www.d2b.org/asco-o|
       |http://www.o-o.lt/asco-o|   asco-54   |http://www.d2b.org/asco-o|
       |http://www.o-o.lt/asco-o|   asco-55   |http://www.d2b.org/asco-o|
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       |   ______ Measure the vertical line (left) on your screen with a
       |          ruler.
       |
       |          Read off the same distance on the horizontal scale
       |          (above).  That number is the aspect ratio.
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