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Monospaced Fonts

Written by Luc Devroye
McGill University
Montreal, Canada
lucdevroye@gmail.com
http://luc.devroye.org
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Monospaced fonts have glyphs that take equal amounts of space. They were invented because of the limitations of mechanical typewriters. They are harder to read than proportionally spaced fonts. In addition, text set in monospaced fonts takes up more space. In short, there is no good reason to use them in most situations. Examples include system fonts like Courier, Monaco and Consolas. Not convinced? Read Matthew Buttericks's book Typography for Lawyers.

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Luc Devroye ⦿ School of Computer Science ⦿ McGill University Montreal, Canada H3A 2K6 ⦿ lucdevroye@gmail.com ⦿ http://luc.devroye.org ⦿ http://luc.devroye.org/fonts.html