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Wanted: humanly readable `script` output
Without having seen your 'typescript'-file, I guess that filtering it through a regular expression which only allows printable characters through is the favoured solution.
A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James