ANSI graphics over telnet

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Fri Oct 14 02:45:22 UTC 2005

On Thu, Oct 13, 2005 at 06:08:12PM -0400, Phillip Susi wrote:
> I was messing around last night with a telnet accessible BBS and some 
> old door games that use ANSI graphics.  Many of the high ASCII 
> characters did not display correctly.  I looked around online and a page 
> sugested installing a specific font into X that has those characters, 
> because it said most X fonts do not contain the high ASCII image maps. 
> I followed the instructions but can't seem to get the font installed 
> correctly, but I don't think that is the problem anyhow.
> I tried using a plain VGA 25 line text console terminal ( tty1 ) for the 
> telnet session and the problem existed there as well.  The VGA video 
> bios should contain the correct high ASCII glyphs so this should work 
> just fine, so this leads me to believe that somehow the telnet client is 
> mangling the high ASCII characters, possibly with string localization.
> Anyone have any idea how to fix this?

The problem is in fact the font, and not telnet.  The console uses an
international font as well, rather than one with IBM graphics characters in
the expected places.  You were on the right track trying to get the font

 - mdz

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