I'm looking at the excerpt, which says:

ASCII Art is a graphic design technique that uses 93 of the 128 printable ACSII characters to create images.

Whilst this is almost true (it uses the 93 printable/space characters of the 128-character ASCII set), I believe the term is also used for character art using different character sets (mostly supersets of ASCII).

Would I be justified in re-writing this so that it allows character-art in general?

  • Are you thinking of things like this? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The center character is not ascii, but we are making an old-school emoji out of it. – James A Mohler Oct 16 at 16:26
  • "Old-school emoji" is usually spelt "emoticon", but yes, I'm thinking of things like that, plus Unicode box-drawing characters, and anything else that makes pictures, charts or diagrams using non-ASCII characters. – Toby Speight Oct 16 at 17:56
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Let's approach this part by part.

Does [ascii-art] mean only ASCII?

Yes, otherwise it should be tagged or similar.

Whilst this is almost true

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Would I be justified in re-writing this so that it allows character-art in general?

If the tag was named instead of [ascii-art], that would've been a great idea.

I'd propose the following:

  • Create a new tag .
  • Synonimize to or half the users will stick the wrong tag on the question. ASCII art is a wide-spread (and often mis-used IMO) name. People will look for the tag and people will use both tags if we don't somehow smash them together.
  • Put your suggested text in the description.

Either that, or simply rename to , edit the tag description as suggested afterwards. isn't used much as a tag after all and it's arguable it even needs it's own tag. Should the tag ever be created again we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

I'm ambivalent about which route is better.

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    I agree with this response, but don't use formatting. I believe an alias from ascii-art to a new tag character-art would be fine. Go ahead and create the tag while you can still get there first, Toby – rolfl Oct 16 at 12:05
  • I didn't even realise there was character-art - it doesn't seem very busy! – Toby Speight Oct 16 at 12:16
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    @TobySpeight It doesn't exist (yet). But you can link tags to pretty-much-anything and the system will put you on it's page regardless. Even if the tag doesn't exist. – Mast Oct 16 at 12:19
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    @TobySpeight Note that you create a tag by finding a question where it is about character-art rather than specifically ascii-art and changing from ascii-art to character-art. The system creates tags when they are first used. If none of the existing questions are actually about non-ASCII character art, this change may be premature. Of course, you could always write an appropriate program and ask about it. – mdfst13 Oct 16 at 20:51

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