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Re: Bug#856033: ITP: brailleimg -- produce text images and graphs abusing Braille glyphs

On Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 10:44:12PM +0100, Samuel Thibault wrote:
> Adam Borowski, on sam. 25 févr. 2017 22:31:57 +0100, wrote:
> > On Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 08:05:32PM +0100, Samuel Thibault wrote:
> > > But for characters that have single-width, they are really
> > > aligned with a proper fixed-width font.
> > 
> > Depends on your software.  xterm, libvte, pterm, rxvt-unicode get it right,
> > mousepad, firefox, chromium and Microsoft Edge don't.
> Ok, but would one really look at the output of text-gnuplot in such
> software?  Cases where I happened to use the text-gnuplot were always
> inside an xterm or such.

Well, if you run an _x_term, you can just as well use X forwarding or toss a
png/svg over.  On the other hand, mailing a graph or putting it in a commit
message will meet a variety of clients, many of them in a browser. 
Alternatively, you can place the image on some random web server, but that's
often tedious, and unlikely to stay 10 years from now.

> > I don't know whether gnuplot is doing it correctly, I haven't tested -- but
> > even if it does, the output will be misrendered by browsers.
> But if the output is to be rendered in a browser, one would use a png or
> svg output :)

The output is meant to be rendered in a proper $DEITY-fearing mail/usenet
client, a rightful text editor[1], less or git's built-in pager.  It's just
that _some_ heretics read their mail in a buggy GUI client or a web page,
view commit messages on github rather than locally, and so on.  And in case
their web browser is not elinks, we need to avoid bugs.


[1]. Which excludes both emacs and vi, of course!
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