I’ve recently re-kindled interest in an old hobby of mine, BBSing! Before the internet and the world wide web became mainstream, folks would dial into local (or sometimes not-so-local) BBS systems. These systems were run by individual people, and often contained messaging, forums, file downloads, and games.
A big part of BBSing was (and still is!) the ANSI art scene. Artists would create amazing graphics from standard DOS characters and a palette of 16 colors.
I wrote this quick script to easily convert existing ANSI files to HTML. It doesn’t do anything advanced, like animation, but it should work fine to convert most menus and artwork.
Download it on GitHub here: https://github.com/mikehodgson/ans2html
See some examples here:
These examples were taken from the Blocktronics_1980 pack.