A very useful recommendation, except the bit where Joel says "For best results use the FON version, not the TTF version". I'm currently stuck at work with a laptop that only does 1024x768, and TTF Profont + ClearType enabled is a great way of getting to see a decent amount of code visible.
Personally I don't like ProFont. But then again, I never really liked the old Mac 'Monaco' font, despite putting in a lot of time coding with it.
Agreed on Andale Mono for general purposes -- but for the very specific purpose of a small (7pt) font on an LCD screen with ClearType enabled, ProFont works better IMO. Very readable, neither blurry nor jagged, lots of code visible on the screen.
I'll definitely have to try that...
I am surprised how much of a difference sub pixel positioning makes on LCDs. It is amazing really.
christopher baus (www.baus.net)
All this talk about cleartype made me want to try it out. So I did, totally fuzzy and made my eyes hurt. Dell Inspiron 5100 with 1400x1050 resolution.
Any chance of a link to download "Andale Mono". I couldn't find it on MS's site.
Didn't Microsoft pull their free font downloads some time ago?
John Topley (www.johntopley.com)
There was a recent thread on this:
Oh and by the way, I tried almost all of the fonts mentionned and I found sheldon 9 to be the most readable on my 14.1" 1024x768 lcd screen. ProggyClean and ProggySquare being runners up.
I too preferred Sheldon 9 over ProFont. Sheldon 9 had been kerning and seemed like "computery" than ProFont.
I've always used Lucida Console, which has been a standard Windows font for a long time. It's very legible in sizes from 8 upwards. Judging by the examples on the web page, Profont looks quite similar.
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