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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
  ANSI  /an'see/  1.  n.  [techspeak]  The  American  National 
  Standards  Institute.  ANSI,  along  with  the  International  Organization 
  for  Standards  (ISO),  standardized  the  C  programming  language  (see  {K&R}, 
  {Classic  C}),  and  promulgates  many  other  important  software  standards. 
  2.  n.  [techspeak]  A  terminal  may  be  said  to  be  `ANSI'  if  it  meets  the 
  ANSI  X3.64  standard  for  terminal  control.  Unfortunately,  this  standard 
  was  both  over-complicated  and  too  permissive.  It  has  been  retired  and 
  replaced  by  the  ECMA-48  standard,  which  shares  both  flaws.  3.  n.  [BBS 
  jargon]  The  set  of  screen-painting  codes  that  most  MS-DOS  and  Amiga 
  computers  accept  This  comes  from  the  ANSI.SYS  device  driver  that  must 
  be  loaded  on  an  MS-DOS  computer  to  view  such  codes.  Unfortunately, 
  neither  DOS  ANSI  nor  the  BBS  ANSIs  derived  from  it  exactly  match  the 
  ANSI  X3.64  terminal  standard.  For  example,  the  ESC-[1m  code  turns  on 
  the  bold  highlight  on  large  machines,  but  in  IBM  PC/MS-DOS  ANSI,  it 
  turns  on  `intense'  (bright)  colors.  Also  in  BBS-land,  the  term  `ANSI' 
  is  often  used  to  imply  that  a  particular  computer  uses  or  can  emulate 
  the  IBM  high-half  character  set  from  MS-DOS.  Particular  use  depends  on 
  context.  Occasionally,  the  vanilla  ASCII  character  set  is  used  with  the 
  color  codes,  but  on  BBSs,  ANSI  and  `IBM  characters'  tend  to  go  together. 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
  {American  National  Standards  Institute} 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
  American  National  Standard  Institute  (org.,  USA)