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Re: Proposal for Guideline 1.1 (ASCII art)

From: John M Slatin <john_slatin@austin.utexas.edu>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 14:17:22 -0500
Message-ID: <6EED8F7006A883459D4818686BCE3B3B012482C5@MAIL01.austin.utexas.edu>
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Oh, no.....
Wendy proposes:
Proposed definition: An arrangement of characters intended to
convey information. See non-text content. {Propose new definition to
clarify that ASCII art is not text and is intended to "convey

I think this may be problematic-- ASCII art isn't always intended to
convey invormation.  SOmetimes it's intended to create a purely visual
effect (like my department chair's annual Christmas email, which
consists of a huge ASCII-art drawing of a  
Christmas tree
.  Lots of fun with JAWS...)
Add the following after "convey information":
... or create a visual effect"

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