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Discovering the hidden ASCII art in the pages of the web

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Developer Victor Widell has created an automated script that searches through the web and automatically detects ASCII art hidden within its pages.

ascii art (ONETRUEFAN.COM)
ascii art (ONETRUEFAN.COM)

Adding ASCII signatures in a site's HTML is a way to leave a personal stamp while also giving a nod to one of the most basic ways to create visuals on a computer. A practitioner himself, developer Victor Widell wanted to take a peek at what kind of text-based art other websites might be carrying. The solution? Widell created a script that would download sites from the Alexa one-million top domains list, intelligently search for ASCII art, and present the results. Widell has put together his favorite examples, and even made the code to perform the task itself available on GitHub. If you'd like to take a look, you can find the hidden gems here.