Computer Dictionary/ASCII art

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(Or "character graphics", "ASCII graphics") The

fine art of drawing diagrams using the ASCII character set (mainly "|-/\+").

See also boxology. Here is a serious example:

  o----)||(ategory:Computer Dictionary/----+   +---------o + D O
    L  )||(  |        |   |             C U
  A I  )||(  +--]]|-+  |   +-\/\/-+--o -   T
  C N  )||(        |  |   |      |        P
    E  )||(  +--]]|-+--)---+--)|--+-o      U
       )||(  |        |          | GND    T
  o----)||(--+--|[[Category:Computer Dictionary/----+----------+
  A power supply consisting of a full wave rectifier
  circuit feeding a capacitor input filter circuit
                        Figure 1.

And here are some very silly examples:

  |\/\/\/|     ____/|              ___    |\_/|    ___
  |      |     \ o.O|   ACK!      /   \_  |` '|  _/   \
  |      |      =(_)=  THPHTH!   /      \/     \/      \
  | (o)(o)        U             /                       \
  C      _)  (__)                \/\/\/\  _____  /\/\/\/
  | ,___|    (oo)                       \/     \/
  |   /       \/-------\         U                  (__)
 /____\        ||     | \    /---V  `v'-            oo )
/      \       ||---W||  *  * |--|   || |`.         |_/\

//-o-\\ ____---=======---____

    ====___\   /.. ..\   /___====      Klingons rule OK!
  //        ---\__O__/---        \\
  \_\                           /_/

_____ __...---'-----`---...__ _===============================

 ,----------------._/'      `---..._______...---'
 (_______________||_) . .  ,--'
     /    /.---'         `/
    '--------_- - - - - _/

`--------'

Figure 2.

There is an important subgenre of ASCII art that puns on the standard character names in the fashion of a rebus.

+--------------------------------------------------------+
|      ^^^^^^^^^^^^                                      |
| ^^^^^^^^^^^            ^^^^^^^^^                       |
|                 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^            ^^^^^^^^^^^^^ |
|        ^^^^^^^         B       ^^^^^^^^^               |
|  ^^^^^^^^^          ^^^            ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^      |
+--------------------------------------------------------+

"A Bee in the Carrot Patch"

                      Figure 3.

Within humorous ASCII art, there is, for some reason, an entire flourishing subgenre of pictures of silly cows. One is shown in Figure 2; here are three more:

(__) (__) (__) (\/) ($$) (**)

  /-------\/        /-------\/        /-------\/
 / | 666 ||        / |=====||        / |     ||
*  ||----||       *  ||----||       *  ||----||
   ~~    ~~          ~~    ~~          ~~    ~~
 Satanic cow    This cow is a Yuppie   Cow in love

Figure 4.

http://gagme.wwa.com/~boba/scarecrow.html .


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