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Golf me an ASCII Alphabet

Code Golf Asked by Katenkyo on January 4, 2022

Don’t you find that reading simple text isn’t appealing enough? Try our

#####  ###   ###  ##### #####       ##### ##### #   # #####   #
#   # #     #   #   #     #           #   #      # #    #     #
#####  ###  #       #     #           #   ####    #     #     #
#   #     # #   #   #     #           #   #      # #    #      
#   #  ###   ###  ##### #####         #   ##### #   #   #     #

Much more fancy isn’t it? But it’s pretty long to write by hand, it would be wonderful if someone did a program that do it for me !

Your task, if you volunteer to help me, will be to write a program or a function that takes a string containing [a-zA-Zsn] only, and output (or return) the ascii writing of it!

You must use the following alphabet to format your output:

##### ####   ###  ####  ##### #####  ###  #   # ##### ##### #   # #     #   #
#   # #   # #   # #   # #     #     #     #   #   #     #   #  #  #     ## ##
##### ####  #     #   # ####  ####  #  ## #####   #     #   ###   #     # # #
#   # #   # #   # #   # #     #     #   # #   #   #   # #   # #   #     #   #
#   # ####   ###  ####  ##### #      ###  #   # ##### ###   #  #  ##### #   #

#   #  ###  ####   ###  ####   ###  ##### #   # #   # #   # #   # #   # #####
##  # #   # #   # #   # #   # #       #   #   # #   # #   #  # #   # #     #
# # # #   # ####  #   # ####   ###    #   #   #  # #  # # #   #     #     #
#  ## #   # #     #  ## ##        #   #   #   #  # #  ## ##  # #    #    #
#   #  ###  #      #### # #    ###    #    ###    #   #   # #   #   #   #####

The space:

     |
     | it's a 5x5 square of spaces
     | but had to pad it with |s to make it appear in this post
     |
     |

As this is a fixed-width font, the space character is also surrounded by spaces, resulting in a 7-width space between the two letters.

a b
     1234567       -- these numbers are just for the example, you don't have to output them
#####       #### 
#   #       #   #
#####       ####
#   #       #   #
#   #       ####

a  b
     1234567890123
#####             #### 
#   #             #   #
#####             ####
#   #             #   #
#   #             ####

When you encounter a newline, as in the input

ascii
text

Just make sure to separate the two blocks of text by at least one empty line

#####  ###   ###  ##### ##### 
#   # #     #   #   #     #   
#####  ###  #       #     #    
#   #     # #   #   #     #   
#   #  ###   ###  ##### ##### 

##### ##### #   # #####
  #   #      # #    #  
  #   ####    #     #  
  #   #      # #    #  
  #   ##### #   #   #  

Also, you are allowed to replace the #s with any other character as long as it is in the printable ASCII range, and is not spaces. You could for instance use As for the letter A, B for the letter B and so on.

As this is (and moreover ) the winning submission will be the one that solve this challenge in the least byte possible, have fun!

6 Answers

Powershell, 261 253 bytes

$args-split'
'|%{$s=$_
0..5|%{$l=$_
-join($s|% *per|% t*y|%{$c='_ONO__NQ__QAQQNONON_QQQQQ?QQQQAAAQDDIA[SQQQQADQQQJJ(_OAQOOY_DDGAUUQOQONDQJUDD$QQQQAAQQDEEAQYQAYCPDQJ[JD"QONO_ANQ_GI_QQNA^ENDNDQQD?'[$l*26+$_-65+222*!($_-32)]
0..5|%{' #'[(+$c-shr$_)%2]}})}}

Test script:

$f = {

$args-split'
'|%{$s=$_
0..5|%{$l=$_
-join($s|% *per|% t*y|%{$c='_ONO__NQ__QAQQNONON_QQQQQ?QQQQAAAQDDIA[SQQQQADQQQJJ(_OAQOOY_DDGAUUQOQONDQJUDD$QQQQAAQQDEEAQYQAYCPDQJ[JD"QONO_ANQ_GI_QQNA^ENDNDQQD?'[$l*26+$_-65+222*!($_-32)]
0..5|%{' #'[(+$c-shr$_)%2]}})}}

}

&$f "ascii art
text"

Output:

#####  ###   ###  ##### #####       ##### ####  #####
#   # #     #   #   #     #         #   # #   #   #
#####  ###  #       #     #         ##### ####    #
#   #     # #   #   #     #         #   # ##      #
#   #  ###   ###  ##### #####       #   # # #     #

##### ##### #   # #####
  #   #      # #    #
  #   ####    #     #
  #   #      # #    #
  #   ##### #   #   #

Note:

$s|% *per|% t*y is shortcut for $s|% toUpper|% toCharArray

About space:

For each character of the source string, the script takes a symbol (bit mask) from the magic string '_ONO__NQ...'. However, the index goes beyond the magic string for a space. In this case, the bit mask $c becomes empty. It means zero for all bits.

About blank line:

The script displays 6 rows for each symbol instead of 5. The index goes beyond the magic string for a blank line too. So, the row 6 contains spaces only.

It is best seen if you print another character instead of a space. For example ·.

#####··###···###··#####·#####·······#####·####··#####·
#···#·#·····#···#···#·····#·········#···#·#···#···#···
#####··###··#·······#·····#·········#####·####····#···
#···#·····#·#···#···#·····#·········#···#·##······#···
#···#··###···###··#####·#####·······#···#·#·#·····#···
······················································
#####·#####·#···#·#####·
··#···#······#·#····#···
··#···####····#·····#···
··#···#······#·#····#···
··#···#####·#···#···#···
························

Answered by mazzy on January 4, 2022

C (gcc), 326 322 321 317 bytes

-8 bytes thanks to ceilingcat

#define X!!putchar
char*p,*q;i,j;f(int*s){for(;p=strtok(p?0:strdup(s),"n");X(10))for(i=0;i<5;i+=X(10))for(q=p;*q;q+=X(32))for(j=0;j<5;)X((*q-32?"OAOAA?A?A?>A1A>?AAA?O1?1OO1?11>1IA>AAOAAO444OO4457A97591111OAKEAAACCIA>AAA>?A?11>AAIN?A?35>1>@>O4444AAAA>AA::4AAEKAA:4:AA:444O842O"[(*q&~32)*5-325+i]-48:0)>>j++&1?35:32);}

Try it online!

Answered by gastropner on January 4, 2022

JavaScript (ES6), 292 287 278 bytes

s=>s.split`
`.map(s=>`vfefvvehvvh1hhefefevhhhhhv
hhhh111h4491rjhhhh14hhhaa8
vf1hffpv4471llhfhfe4hal444
hhhh11hh4551hph1p3g4hara42
hfefv1ehv79vhhe1u5e4e4hh4v`.replace(/.{26}/g,S=>s.replace(/./g,c=>'012345'.replace(/./g,x=>' #'[(P=parseInt)(S[P(c,36)-10]||0,36)>>x&1])))).join`

`

Demo

let f =

s=>s.split`
`.map(s=>`vfefvvehvvh1hhefefevhhhhhv
hhhh111h4491rjhhhh14hhhaa8
vf1hffpv4471llhfhfe4hal444
hhhh11hh4551hph1p3g4hara42
hfefv1ehv79vhhe1u5e4e4hh4v`.replace(/.{26}/g,S=>s.replace(/./g,c=>'012345'.replace(/./g,x=>' #'[(P=parseInt)(S[P(c,36)-10]||0,36)>>x&1])))).join`

`

O.innerText = f('HELLO WORLDnTHIS IS A TEST')
<pre id=O></pre>

Answered by Arnauld on January 4, 2022

SOGL, 137 bytes

 °f`7-π⅛χ%sΤ↕ņLRΕ⅓9׀b∫rr(¶æKGTΧ3;■ΦΤg¼⁰¡Νg‽}○eΧ²Y∫Οαν⌡l′}¾(8╔ <%╤∙i.d↔ū∫Æo┌jyŗ▲δ⁶=╗$↑yōΛ3h¼╔◄┼)‘’«n.{5{ø}¹,uR{8+:Ahwha’#=?X’«@*}┼[email protected]*┼}pøO

Explanation:

...‘’«n.{5{ø}¹,uR{8+:Ahwha’#=?X’«@*}┼[email protected]*┼}pøO
...‘                                           push a string with the letter data                            ["..."]
    ’«n                                        split in lengths of 25                                        [[".", ".", ".",...]]
       .{                                      repeat input times                                            [[".", ".", ".",...]]
         5{ø}                                  push 5 empty strings                                          [[".", ".", ".",...], "", "", "", "", ""]
             ¹                                 wrap those in an array                                        [[".", ".", ".",...], ["", "", "", "", ""]]
              ,                                get a string input                                            [[".", ".", ".",...], ["", "", "", "", ""], "Hello World"]
               u                               lowercase it                                                  [[".", ".", ".",...], ["", "", "", "", ""], "hello world"]
                R{                       }     itirate over the ordinals of the string                       [[".", ".", ".",...], ["", "", "", "", ""], 104]
                  8+                           add 8 to the ordinal                                          [[".", ".", ".",...], ["", "", "", "", ""], 112]
                    :A                         save on variable A                                            [[".", ".", ".",...], ["", "", "", "", ""], 112]
                      h                        swap 2 items one below the stack                              [["", "", "", "", ""], [".", ".", ".",...], 112]
                       w                       get the ord+8th item of the letter data array (modulo length) [["", "", "", "", ""], [".", ".", ".",...], "-----  -    -    -  -----"]
                        h                      swap 2 items one below the stack                              [[".", ".", ".",...], ["", "", "", "", ""], "-----  -    -    -  -----"]
                         a                     load the variable A                                           [[".", ".", ".",...], ["", "", "", "", ""], "-----  -    -    -  -----", 112]
                          ’#=?     }           if equals to 40 then                                          [[".", ".", ".",...], ["", "", "", "", ""], "----- -     -     - -----"] (temporalily switching to space case; it incorrectly picks "N" for space) 
                              X                delete the string                                             [[".", ".", ".",...], ["", "", "", "", ""]]
                               ’«@*            push a string with 25 spaces                                  [[".", ".", ".",...], ["", "", "", "", ""], "                         "]
                                    ┼          add the string vertically-then-horizontally to the array      [[".", ".", ".",...], ["", "", "", "", ""], ["-   -", "-   -", "-----", "-   -", "-   -"]] (back to "H")
                                     [email protected]*       push a string with 10 spaces                                  [[".", ".", ".",...], ["", "", "", "", ""], ["-   -", "-   -", "-----", "-   -", "-   -"], "          "]
                                        ┼      add the string vertically-then-horizontally to the array      [[".", ".", ".",...], ["", "", "", "", ""], ["-   -  ", "-   -  ", "-----  ", "-   -  ", "-   -  "]]
                                          p    output the resulted line                                      [[".", ".", ".",...], ["", "", "", "", ""]]
                                           øO  append to output an empty line                                

note: currently this language can't really accept multiline input string so I've made it ask for a number and read the next x lines as the input.

The first string is

"------ -  - -  - -  ----------- - -- - -- - - - -  --- -   --   --   - - - ------   --   --   - --- ------ - -- - -- - --   ------- -  - -  - -  -     --- -   --   -- - -  -- -----  -    -    -  ------   --   -------   --   --  ---   -------    -    -----  -    --  -  --    -----    -    -    -    ------ -     -   -   ---------- -     -     - ----- --- -   --   --   - --- ------ -  - -  - -   -    --- -   --   --  -- ---------- -- - - -- -   -    -   - - -- - -- - -   - -    -    ------    -    ----     -    -    ----- --     --     -  -- --   -----   -   -     - ------   - - -   -   - - -   --     -     --- -   -    -   --  --- - ---  --   -"

compressed using a custom dictionary that uses " " and "-" (the compression has a special mode with "n -|/_" available so even more compression!)
It contains 25 chars per ascii char in the order of the alphabet. they are ordered top-down then right.
the chars go like

16b
27c
38d . . .
49e
5af

and that's the same way that adds them to an array.

Answered by dzaima on January 4, 2022

Python 3, 375 bytes

f=lambda i:"nn".join("n".join(map(" ".join,zip(*[[x.replace("0"," ")[a*5:a*5+5]for a in range(5)]for x in[["{:025b}".format(int(c,36))for c in'0 JPCFL J2UKE 92Y3Y J2KAM JOMCF JOMC0 92B72 AYP81 JFM3J JFMHO AZC7M AB6ZJ B5I5T B43N5 92YWE J2UJ4 92YY7 J2UQC 926UM JFM2S AYE5Q AY8G4 AYHKH AT6Q9 AT6KK AWU7'.split()][x!=" "and ord(x)-64]for x in j.upper()]])))for j in i.split("n"))

See this code running on ideone.com.

The same code, but somehow nicely indented, formatted and commented:

f = lambda i: 

    # join multiline strings together using an empty line as separator:
    "nn".join(

        # join the string lines of one big output line together: 
        "n".join(

            # join the corresponding rows of the letters together using " ":
            map(" ".join, zip(*

                # make a list (output line) of list (output characters) 
                # of strings (single character's rows):
                [

                    # replace 0s with spaces and split the bit strings into
                    # chunks of 5 characters - the rows of each letter:
                    [x.replace("0", " ")[a*5 : a*5+5] for a in range(5)]

                    for x in [

                        # split the space separated character codes and
                        # convert them from base 36 to 
                        # base 2 strings of length 25:
                        ["{:025b}".format(int(c, 36)) for c in

                         # the encoded font data (reformatted):
                         '0 JPCFL J2UKE 92Y3Y J2KAM JOMCF JOMC0 92B72 '
                         'AYP81 JFM3J JFMHO AZC7M AB6ZJ B5I5T B43N5 92YWE '
                         'J2UJ4 92YY7 J2UQC 926UM JFM2S AYE5Q AY8G4 AYHKH '
                         'AT6Q9 AT6KK AWU7'.split()]

                        # select element 0 if we want a space, else find
                        # out the index from the ASCII code of the letter:
                        [x != " " and ord(x) - 64] 

                        # repeat for every character in the input line:
                        for x in j.upper()
                    ]
                ]
            ))

        # repeat for every line in the input
        ) for j in i.split("n")
    )

I also decided to go for base 36 encoding as that's the highest base Python's built-in int() natively supports. Here is a short Python 3 script I wrote (ungolfed) that converts font definitions like in the question into base 36 codes: My converter on ideone.com

The result consists of the character 1 as enabled pixel and a space as disabled pixel. Here's a single example run:

Input (line break as n):

Hello World
Python rocks

Output:

1   1 11111 1     1      111        1   1  111  1111  1     1111 
1   1 1     1     1     1   1       1   1 1   1 1   1 1     1   1
11111 1111  1     1     1   1       1 1 1 1   1 1111  1     1   1
1   1 1     1     1     1   1       11 11 1   1 11    1     1   1
1   1 11111 11111 11111  111        1   1  111  1 1   11111 1111 

1111  1   1 11111 1   1  111  1   1       1111   111   111  1   1  111 
1   1  1 1    1   1   1 1   1 11  1       1   1 1   1 1   1 1  1  1    
1111    1     1   11111 1   1 1 1 1       1111  1   1 1     111    111 
1       1     1   1   1 1   1 1  11       11    1   1 1   1 1 1       1
1       1     1   1   1  111  1   1       1 1    111   111  1  1   111 

Answered by Byte Commander on January 4, 2022

Clojure, 552 bytes

(defn t[s](print(reduce #(str %1"n"%2)(map #(apply str %)(let[a[:jpcfl :j2uke :92y3y :j2kam :jomcf :jomc0 :92b72 :ayp81 :jfm3j :jfmho :azc7m :ab6zj :b5i5t :b43n5 :92ywe :j2uj4 :92yy7 :j2uqc :926um :jfm2s :aye5q :ay8g4 :ayhkh :at6q9 :at6kk :je7mn :0]](map(fn[o](map #(str(.replace %"0"" ")"n")(map(fn[w](reduce #(str %1(.substring %2 w(+ w 5))"0")""(map #(str(apply str(repeat(- 25(count %))"0"))%)(map #(Integer/toString(Integer/valueOf(name %)36)2)(map a(map #(if(= % space)26(-(int %)97))(.toLowerCase o)))))))(range 0 25 5))))(.split s"n")))))))

Each letter in ascii is represented as a binary string with # - 1, space - 0. Then it's converted to base 36 so that it only takes 5 chars to store + ":" to let Clojure know that it should be treated as symbol. Then the input is split by newline symbol and for each line we convert a letter in 36 base back to binary base and get first [0:5] symbols add newline symbols, get next [5:10] symbols and so on.

You can see it running here - https://ideone.com/y99ST5

Answered by cliffroot on January 4, 2022

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