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The typography of code [Hamish Macpherson]

Hamish Macpherson discusses and illustrates his five favorite fonts for showing programs, after discussing the pioneering code font, Courier (1956, Howard Kettler for IBM).

  • Courier New (Adrian Frutiger, after Courier).
  • Consolas (Lucas DeGroot for Microsoft).
  • Andale Mono (Steve Matteson for Monotype).
  • Lucida Console (Bigelow & Holmes): not enough distinction between 0 and O though.
  • Bitstream Vera Sans Mono: a better Lucida Console. Designed as a replacement for Lucida Console on Linux systems (as paying for Lucida Console obviously wasn't an option).
Blog readers also suggest Osaka Mono 13pt, Deja Vu Mono (an update of Bitstream Vera Mono), Kyle, Panic Sans (rehinted version of Deja Vu Mono), Proggy Clean 11pt, Droid Sans Mono, Akkurat, Inconsolata, Terminus (bitmapped), Rockwell, Verdana, ProFont, Monaco, Dina.

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file name: Howard Kettler Courier10 Pitch Bitstream 1956


file name: Howard Kettler Courier10 Pitch Bitstream 1956c


file name: John Bigelow Lucida Console


file name: Raph Levien Kirill Tkachev Inconsolata Bold 2011 modified by Michael Sharpe 2013 2016


file name: Raph Levien Kirill Tkachev Inconsolata Bold 2011 modified by Michael Sharpe 2013 2016b


file name: Steve Matteson Andale Mono







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