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Exactly. The core concept here is defining images for icons in the code itself, rather than loading them from external resources. XPM was one early way of doing that, allowing you to define bitmapped images in a static array of characters representing the pixel colours, and was a very neat hack. Now this extends and improves the idea, allowing you to define images for icons in your code, using an array of characters to represent the lines in an image, and define a vector graphic. It's definitely in the same conceptual space, although there doesn't seem to have been any direct inspiration from the earlier format. Both are very cool ideas...

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