MapSCII - The Whole World In Your Console
June 1, 2017 6:08 AM   Subscribe

MapSCII - A node.js based Vector Tile to Braille and ASCII renderer for xterm-compatible terminals.

If you just want to see how it looks without fiddling with telnet, here's a demo on asciinema.
posted by zamboni (6 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
That's pretty cute.
posted by PMdixon at 6:18 AM on June 1, 2017

Hmm. As a blind person is this of any practical use, or is it just a visual thing? Honestly hard to tell from the description :)
posted by Alensin at 9:16 AM on June 1, 2017

Alensin: unfortunately, no, it's just using the unicode braille characters as sort of 'line-drawing' characters to display the maps on a text terminal. I guess because of the various orientations of the little dots, people have been using them for wringing a bit more visual information out of text terminals, lately.
posted by destructive cactus at 9:31 AM on June 1, 2017 [2 favorites]

destructive cactus: Thanks for confirming. I actually telnetted to the site on my Linux box for the hell of it, and you're right. i can't make head nor tail out of it, even in the ASCII mode.
posted by Alensin at 9:49 AM on June 1, 2017

Wow that's crazy. It's almost *useful*, even. Just needs better place (and road) names and a few other features.
posted by ropeladder at 3:09 PM on June 1, 2017

Neat. Hard to fit those details into an 80x24 terminal, tho.
posted by scruss at 9:27 AM on June 3, 2017 [1 favorite]

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