In a message dated 10/22/99 7:30:56 AM Central Daylight Time,
<< Just my two cents worth, I for one think that ascii art sucks when your
beginning in coiling. As most of you know, I've only been coiling for a
little over a year now, and when I now look at ascii art I can work it out
if I study it closely. But, when I was first starting out, Gary Lau sent me
an email concerning SW caps and provided me with a schematic for the layout
in ascii, it took me nearly two weeks to totally work it all out. While I
know that ascii makes everyones life a little easier, I'm speaking from
experience here, but ascii art sure is difficult for the newbie.
Another 2-cents in the pot:
ASCII art is artificial. It is mandated by the limitations of a technology
left over from the
old 7.42 Baud code of the 1930' s teletype. As a teaching and learning tool
it sucks badly.
Fortunately, its days are numbered. Same goes for ASCII math notation. For
the last word on the subject just take a look at the art work in Circular 74
to see how far we have fallen.
Cheers from Bug House Square,