Lucida Console Sample (thanks Wikimedia!)
I’m in search to see if there is a better programmers font than the monospaced Lucida Console mainly to be used in Visual Studio, Delphi, the Windows console, Xcode and Eclipse.
What I love about Lucida Console design is the relatively large x-height combined with a small leading (often called “line height”).
This combines very readable text, and a lot of code lines in view.
Lucida has two small drawbacks, see the second image at the right:
- The captial O and digit 0 (zero) are very similar.
- Some uppercase/lowercase character pairs are alike (because of the large x-height)
But, since the font hasn’t been updated for a very long time, lots of Unicode code points that are now in current fonts, are missing from Lucida Console (unless you buy the most recent version that has 666 characters from Fonts.com)
Well, there are dozens of monospaced fonts around, so I wonder: which ones do you like?
In the mean while, I’m going to do some experimenting with fonts mentioned in these lists:
A few fonts I’m considering (I only want scalable fonts, so .fon files are out):
I have tried Adobe Source Code Pro about half a year ago. That didn’t cut it: problem with italics in Delphi, and note enough lines per screen.
New Open Source monospaced font from Adobe: Source Code Pro « The Wiert Corner – irregular stream of stuff.