Hey everyone! I took a little break from learning Inform and working on my game to do tabletop writing and design for a few months. Now that I’m coming back as a break from THAT, though, I realized it might be worth asking everyone a little question I had about Ascii art.
I’ve found this thread while beginning to ask this question (and immediately bookmarked it!), but I had a few semi-unrelated concerns of my own. Namely… how viable is Ascii art in Inform overall? I’m glad to see there are quick and easy settings for monospaced stuff, but I was also wondering about window resizing and such when the game is actually exported. It’s been a good long while since I’ve properly played an Inform game, and never Inform 7 in particular.
If someone makes the window small, is there a horizontal scrollbar or do all of the linebreaks come earlier and destroy the cohesion? I remember being able to force the scroll bar to always be visible even when there was nothing to scroll to stop my text from… jiggling itself out of place every time a clickthrough added more text and caused the scrollbar to appear. I guess there’s probably nothing like that here, though.
Is, say, 126 characters-wide too much to be viable? 145, which I think is the widest of any of the art I’ve already made in my spare time for the upcoming project?
I know you can add actual images. Worst case scenario I have a workaround to this problem. But, as you may have guessed, I’d ideally enjoy getting to actually put the Ascii art as I’ve created it raw into the game (even if an image of Ascii art would still be better than nothing or a regular image). Also, does anyone have any similar advice in mind off the top of their heads?
Anyways, hope this question is alright and it feels great to be coming back to this. In the meantime, enjoy the newest bit I worked on: ASCIIly! I realized I was talking so much about art that was entirely in the theoretical so I figured it might be nice to share something. She was a fun treat to work on for some good friends… but the sheer difficulty I had in finding a place willing to let me see how she looked in dark mode without distorting her did get me kind of worried. Hence this thread, ehe.
Edit: Side note, but I imagine this is a question that may have varying answers based on different interpreter programs. I suppose they’re still worthwhile questions to ask in a general sense, though!!! Especially if it results in learning which ones are particularly decent choices.