The Arte of ASCII: Or, An True and Accurate Representation of an Menagerie of Thynges Fabulous and Wonderful in Ye Forme of Character
RFC 8140

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Independent Submission                                         A. Farrel
Request for Comments: 8140                            Old Dog Consulting
Category: Informational                                     1 April 2017
ISSN: 2070-1721

    The Arte of ASCII: Or, An True and Accurate Representation of an
  Menagerie of Thynges Fabulous and Wonderful in Ye Forme of Character

Abstract

   Ever since Gutenberg discovered and patented ASCII and the
   corresponding "Courier New" font with its now-famous "ten" point
   size, artisans and artificers have striven to represent their views
   of the world in print.

   Similarly, starting from Darwin's discovery of the hippogriff and his
   subsequent registration of the creature as an International Trade
   Mark, men (and some women) have struggled to catalog the fabulous
   variety that is called "nature".

   This document supplies a number of representations of all manner of
   things (both elemental and hypothetical) supplied by some of our best
   collectors of curios and delivered in a manner that may well be
   reused by the cunning document author.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
   published for informational purposes.

   This is a contribution to the RFC Series, independently of any other
   RFC stream.  The RFC Editor has chosen to publish this document at
   its discretion and makes no statement about its value for
   implementation or deployment.  Documents approved for publication by
   the RFC Editor are not a candidate for any level of Internet
   Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 7841.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
   and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
   http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc8140.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Beasts of the Land  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     2.1.  The Troll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     2.2.  The Unicorn Rampant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   3.  Creatures of the Deep . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     3.1.  The Loch Ness Monster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     3.2.  The Marlynne or Sword Fishe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   4.  Spirits of the Air  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     4.1.  Ze Vompyre  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     4.2.  Avian Carriers  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   5.  Man-Made Structures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     5.1.  Bauhaus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     5.2.  The Gingerbread House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   6.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
   7.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     7.1.  A Private Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     7.2.  A Security Mechanism  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     7.3.  Backdoors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   8.  Manageability Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   9.  Morality Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
     9.1.  Likelihood of Misuse by the Depraved  . . . . . . . . . .  14
     9.2.  Likelihood of Misuse by the Misguided . . . . . . . . . .  15
     9.3.  Likelihood of Misuse by Corporations  . . . . . . . . . .  15
     9.4.  Oversight Facilities  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
     9.5.  Other Ways of Doing Things  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
     9.6.  Concern for Wildlife  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   10. References That May Be Informative to Those Who Know How To
       Read Them . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16

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1.  Introduction

   Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, where princes were
   available to those who knew how to kiss, and frogs could be picked up
   by the handful and were sold in brown paper bags at the shop on the
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