RetroTxt by Defacto2
An open source browser extension to properly view any ASCII or NFO file as text in your browser
Available on Chrome Firefox GitHub
RetroTxt stylises ASCII and MS-DOS text-art files with authentic fonts and colours from the 8 and 16-bit home computing eras.RetroTxt is a handy little browser extension that takes old fashioned text files and stylises them in a more pleasing visual format. Despite the web being built on text, web browsers are often incapable of accurately displaying texts written during the BBS and early web eras.
This is where RetroTxt comes in! It imports the text into a modern format, injects a font that mimics a chosen retro computer, then applies styling to improve the display and readability. It can also double up as a text viewer for your locally stored, off-line files and even serve as an NFO text viewer.
In developing this extension I had a few goals in mind.
Make it simple, by focusing on the styling of the text rather than extensive, cryptic character conversion options.
Make it text, to take advantage of the browser's text parsing and rendering features for resizing, styles, searchability and accessibility.
Make it semi-automated, so you can configure it once and then forget.
Make it convenient, by using context menus that contain some of the more useful features and options.
Make it light, by using the recommended guidelines to have less impact on your browser resources.
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