I got a note from Markus Ulfberg back in December, and his tip was such a cool little program that I’ve been holding it in reserve in hopes of showing it off properly, once I find a application that really really needs it.
The problem is that I haven’t stumbled across anything that desperately deserved its attention. And as it’s been a couple of months since Markus’s e-mail, I’ll just give it the spotlight on its own. Here’s cp437, and what it can do for you.
At left, brand X. At center and right, cp437 with bitchx. And suddenly the glory days of ANSI graphic art have returned. What will you be drinking, sir?
I don’t know all the ins and outs of codepages or why some tools show scrambled glyphs in the terminal or the framebuffer. I’m just a lowly user, accepting life as it appears in front of my blinky-blinky cursor and learning to suffer when things aren’t gorgeous.
But cp437 manages to seamlessly and transparently convert frogs into handsome princes, and I have no better explanation than magic. It’s gotta be the shoes.
I can think of several tools that will probably benefit from cp437’s love — Markus mentions camp and duhdraw as two winners, and I’m sure there are lots more. I daresay there are even some image converter tools that would refine their art with the help of cp437.
So I’ll leave it to you to experiment — and experience — the cp437 goodness. In the mean time, I’m going to wander back through the back catalogue and see if anything suddenly changes from ugly duckling to swan, by sprinkling a little cp437 on it. …