I spent a decent amount of time on it, nobody paid any attention though. Oh well, not everything's a winner.
After seeing this, I was finally inspired to find out why BitchX wouldn't display ANSI art correctly.
Turns out I needed a code 437 emulator! 
I can now use it the way it was meant to. Here it is paired with unscii-16-full 12pt 
This isn't nostalgia, this is just _better_.
So that… just converts from cp437 (output by the subprocess) to whatever the "system encoding" (assumed to be the terminal's) is?
I'm surprised iconv or the like doesn't handle that natively. Or is the issue that you still need to interact with the subprocess and iconv(1) only does piping/non-interactive conversions?
I am maintaining a small program that renders images directly in the terminal using unicode block graphics characters (2), and these would come really handy to enhance the conversion...
: see the progression at https://www.unicode.org/cgi-bin/GetMatchingDocs.pl?L2/18-275... and https://www.unicode.org/cgi-bin/GetMatchingDocs.pl?L2/18-235 and https://www.unicode.org/cgi-bin/GetMatchingDocs.pl?L2/17-435
: https://www.unicode.org/L2/L2018/18007.htm and https://www.unicode.org/L2/L2018/18272.htm and https://www.unicode.org/L2/L2018/18115.htm
Whereas if it was for adding some BS emojis, it would have been done in a week.
Except if you mean that some layman proposing a new emoji for addition to the Unicode standard is difficult -- but I'm talking about the big companies...
I use for terminal the classic IBM mainframe 3270 font , but I can replace that in a heartbeat with Unscii, which is more uniform and less OCR-y.
Here's a rendering sample: https://www.masswerk.at/char8/samples/char8js-sample-green.h...
So it’s always been peculiar that some are attached to this particular style. Then I noticed a bit of it is quite explicit or just nasty, and the art style complements the restricted artistic method ANSI provides.
Also since I associate it with my youth, it just seems so immature. That’s obviously my personal bias.
No colors though. Might have to continue the project as the colors look really nice on the examples.
The font looks nice and is probably strictly an improvement over most terminal fonts of the same size. I just wish they had a 24 or even 32px size for the hidpi displays we have these days. I wonder if it's easy to run a linux console font in double size.
Yeah, it’s a site maintained by viznut, a well-known Finnish demoscene figure and digital activist.
I used VGA16 for years, until LCDs, subpixel rendering, and Unicode programming fonts became ubiquitous.
Holy cow, thinking of George Plimpton and the computer I'll never have. This person did their homework.
Now we can enjoy all that wonderful Amiga Type ASCII art in front of Skid Row cracked games!
Well done! Well done! (Loading Star Control.)
Edit: after some testing it seems that "unscii-16-full" is the one (and only one?) that supports some Chinese characters, but it's unusable because glyphs stack on each other.. (screenshot: https://files.catbox.moe/262742.png )
From my understanding you should at least have majority of Unicode glyphs to claim so.
I guess the reason is to be able to combine them in some "art".
Perhaps those missing code points could be added by the Consortium based on this feedback.
Eh, text art is a venerable art form as old as teletypes.
It goes back at least to typewriter days. The women in the typing pools of large companies would make these and post them on the pin boards.
Imagine the kind of abstract thinking it took to do ASCII art with no delete key!
The rest like Amiga ASCII art from Skid Row and PaRaDoX and the like... you missed out. It was a glorious childhood. It's hard to relate just how great it was owning a Commodore Amiga computer. The ASCII art in front of cracked games from the group who cracked them belong with that experience, and back in the day, it was mind-blowing. This font is a modern implementation of characters enabling that kind of art again, on modern systems, in programs like OpenOffice for example.
And the target is the cracking / demo scene, irrespective of age.