Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Ok, if you really really want to be able to run a program to produce this character chart on your own PC, here it is.

I re-wrote it in C so that I could get a compiled executable, since QBASIC is an interpreted language. (Yes, I know about the QB compiler, I even used it once, but even I don't have that anymore.) Compiled with Turbo C 2.01, tested on W2K. Source code provided.

There is really no way to do this thing justice in a "DOS window" you must run full screen DOS (alt+enter) to see the characters the way God and IBM intended them to look. There is as far as I can tell no way to get an exact pixel-for-pixel screen capture of a full screen DOS application, so I can't show you. You've got to run it yourself.

You will also notice that any attempt to copy and paste this character chart into a windows app will lose many of the characters, especially 0x07-0x0A and 0x0D. One more reason why people tend to not know about them.