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font wars

by Rob Friesel

Mostly for Pete, a follow-up to a thread on Facebook today…

The co-worker’s terminal font (click to make big):

Andale Mono 9pt

Andale Mono 9pt

Now I used to have a big fat crush on Andale Mono but how could that be easy on the eyes?  The painfully mucky tilde, the one digit and the lowercase L practically indistinguishable!  And at 9pt?  Holy cow that’s tiny.

Now Pete’s:

Monaco 10pt

Monaco 10pt

A wiser choice.  The one digit and the lowercase L are more distinct (though the latter is not all that distinct from the pipe).  A nice swoosh to the tilde.  And even at 10pt, it is nice and legible.  Still, there’s something about Monaco that’s always been a little unsettling to me.  Like the legs on the lowercase M are too bunched together maybe…?  Never could put my finger on it.

Now, Consolas, that’s the fixed-width font for me:

Consolas 14pt

Consolas 14pt

Now I know what you’re going to say.  “Weren’t you just busting on Andale Mono for the one digit and the lowercase L being too similar-looking?” Yes.  But there’s always that risk1.  I find the “1” and the “l” here to be sufficiently distinct.  Especially at that luxurious 14pt.

  1. Swing too far in the opposite direction and you get a lowercase L that looks like a pipe, eh? []

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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