07/16/2005

Programming and Fonts

I use NoteTab Pro for some programming (Perl scripts, Apache files). It's light, doesn't crash, and has many useful features built in. Thing is, NoteTab Pro only uses a few fonts, and when a script gets a bit complex, it's difficult to tell the difference between parentheses and curly braces.

As it turns out, NoteTab Pro uses only fixed width fonts, and some of the choices available on my computer weren't so great. As if Script Mono — which looks like a slightly typeset rather chewed-up cursive — would work for programming. Other choices, too, have a too "print elegant" look for my taste; I find the "beautiful typography" approach gets in the way of a quick grasp of coded text.

But I found via Google Kuro5in's article Finding the Best Programmer's Font which addresses precisely this issue, reviews a number of fixed-width fonts, and provides links to download them. An updated version is at lowing.org's Monospace/Fixed Width Programmer's Fonts. Much appreciated.

2 Comments to "Programming and Fonts"

  1. ILoveJackDaniels says:

    I always liked ProFont – excellent for development, because it makes clear distinctions between commonly confused characters (1, I, l) and makes common symbols more prominent, especiall brackets.

  2. DianeV says:

    Yep, that's what I was looking for — clear, visual distinctions between certain characters. Thanks for the recommendation.

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