DarkElvenAngel wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:24 pm
Thanks for the reply and interest!
Currently I'm using an 8x8 font set. The layout is 8px by 8px, row major, big endian.
That gives a nice 80 column output though it's possible to use a taller font it would take a bit more work to deal with wider fonts however. Though I should say that I'm looking at how to implement the double wide and double height modes of the vt100. The 132 column mode I don't think will work.
I've been actively looking for fonts to include had to draw my own with the help of http://dotmatrixtool.com/#
and reference images. I also scored a ROM dump from a pet so I finally have the PETSCII set.
So first: PETSCII - inspired! Didn't even imagine it would be an option but
well done for including it. Sometimes far-sightedness looks shorter; in this
case: not remotely so!
Second: I know little about scanlines and probs less about fonts but the 8x8
works very well. Perhaps the oblongular pixels are more conducive to readability
(or my eyes were programmed when receptive). So "taller" may not even be an
I mentioned it because so many fonts (pres. on sq. pixels) seem so "unsatisfying"
these days and - from what I read, and personal attempts at it - the design of 'good'
auto-readable fonts seems to fall between science (or mathematics) and art.
Your attempts at drawing produce great results because the PETSCII font
seemed to be aimed at a more 1:1 pixel-point ratio and it's 'iconic' (which I think
means we have to sacrifice expedience for authenticity
Lastly, I'll say that some of the VT100 double-height-double-wide fonts didn't really
work (except technically) and there's no shame in overscanning them (since, I think
you have the power in this case) to more shapely versions. Just a thought.
So, keep it up! Marvellous work!