How to Make the Wolf Smiley Face

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How to Make the Wolf Smiley Face
The sharp angles of the wolf's face lend it easily to ASCII representation. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

ASCII smiley faces have been a staple of online communication since Scott Fahlman first proposed their use in the early 1980s. Most such emoticons have been iconic depictions of the human face, usually rotated sideways to allow them to be created with a single line of characters. Wolves, however, are a little more complex. Due to the shape of a wolf's head, an ASCII drawing of one needs five lines of slashes and pipe characters, but the impressive look of the final wolf smiley is well worth the extra work.

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  1. 1

    Open your e-mail client or text editor, and switch to a monospace font.

  2. 2

    Press the spacebar once, and then type slashes and underscores to form the wolf's ears and the top of its head: /__/. Then, press Enter. Type a forward-slash, followed by six spaces and a backslash. This will form the upper corners of the wolf's head.

  3. 3

    Press Enter again and type a pipe character, found on the same key as backslash on your keyboard. Press the spacebar and type a hyphen, to represent the wolf's eye. Follow this with two spaces, another hypen, two more spaces and a final pipe, forming the eye-level section of the wolf's head.

  4. 4

    Begin creating the wolf's muzzle on the next line with a pipe, backslash, five spaces, a forward slash and another pipe. Press Enter one more time and finish the muzzle, typing a pipe, a space, a backslash, a space, the capital letter T, a space, a forward-slash, a final space and a pipe.

Tips and warnings

  • Feel free to change parts of the wolf's face, replacing the eye-hyphens with other characters to represent varying emotions, etc.
  • If you are unable to use a monospace font in your program, you may have to vary the number of spaces to correctly position the various facial features.

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