draw full-color (xterm-256) ansi graphics into a buffer
Antsy is a simple library for letting you write text into a canvas, in up to 256 colors. When you're done, it will generate a list of strings with the ansi codes for your creation.
var antsy = ;var canvas = 80 24;canvasbackgroundColor"#00f";// now print it out!canvas;
That's all it does.
All modern terminals support 256-color "xterm" control codes, so antsy uses them. There's an exhaustive explanation of the encoding in the docs/ folder.
Antsy uses an incredibly fast, state-of-the-art plutonic algorithm for determining the closest "xterm" color to a 24-bit web-style color code. You can use it yourself via the exported
var color = antsy; // 15
It also understands the three-letter alternate forms ("f00") and a basic set of American color names ("teal", "brown", and so on).
Canvas builds a grid of color and text information. The following API lets you draw into it. Each function returns the Canvas object, so you can chain calls using a builder pattern.
You can set the foreground and/or background color to the special value
antsy.TRANSPARENT, which will leave the previous color(s) alone when you write new text across old content.
new Canvas(width, height) - Build a new canvas object of the given width and height (in character cells).
color(name) - Set the current foreground color, by name (using the
get_color function described above).
backgroundColor(name) - Set the current background color, by name.
at(x, y) - Move the cursor to the given coordinates, zero-based (x=0, y=0 is the upper left corner).
write(string) - Write the string as a series of character cells in the current foreground and background colors, starting at the current cursor position. The cursor's x position moves with each character. If it reaches the end of a line, it will wrap around to the beginning of the next line. Similarly, wrapping off the bottom of the canvas will move back to the top.
fillBackground(colorName) - Fill the canvas with spaces, using the given color as the background color. This is just a convenience method for clearing the canvas to a color.
toStrings() - Return an array of strings which, if written to an ansi terminal, will draw the canvas. Each string is one line of the canvas, starting at line 0 (the top).