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ANSI
  • n. The American National Standards Institue. ANSI, along with the International Standards Organization (ISO) standardized the C programming language (see K&R, Classic C), and promulgates many other important software standards.
  • n. [BBS] The set of screen-painting codes that most MS-DOS and Amiga computers accept. This comes from the ANSI. SYS device driver that must be loaded on an MS-DOS computer to view such codes. Unfortunately, neither DOS ANSI nor the BBS ANSIs derived from it exactly match the ANSI terminal standard. For example, the ESC-[1m code turns on the bold highlight on large machines, but in IBM PC/MS-DOS ANSI, it turns on `intense' (bright) colors. Also, in BBS-land, the term `ANSI' is often used to imply that a particular computer uses or can emulate the IBM high-half character set from MS-DOS. Particular use depends on context. Occasionally, the vanilla ASCII character set is used with the color codes, but on BBSs, ANSI and `IBM characters' tend to go together.