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  • Michael Krakovskiy 4:38 am on November 8, 2003 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Andalé Mono, Courier, Digital typography, , , , nice programmer, , Typography   

    The Programmer’s Font 

    Yesterday I spent a good deal of time searching for a good font to use with Ultraedit. There are three well-known requirements for a font to use in programmer’s editor:

    1) It has to be a fixed width font.
    2) Visual distinction between letter “O” and zero. Usually zero is “crossed”.
    3) Visual distinction between Capital lower case letter “l”, capital letter “I” and number “1”.
    In general such a font should be super legible in small point sizes.

    I used to use Courier New, but finally found a font that I like much better, Andale Monotype. Microsoft used to distribute that font with IE 5, but now it’s not available for free download anymore.

    And next day the most famous Joel on the Web wrote a post about another very nice programmer’s font called “ProFont”. I tried it along with another similar font called “Sheldon”. I think I still like Andale better.

    UPDATE: This seems to be a holy war in the making. I especially like the guy who uses “Comic 12 pt “. If it is what I think it is, this dude’s code must read like a comic book. Bam! Pow!

  • Michael Krakovskiy 1:02 pm on October 20, 2002 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Artificial intelligence in fiction, , , , , Octavo, , , R.U.R., Recto and verso, Typography, ,   

    Expensive Book 

    So far, the most expensive book in my collection set me back $250.
    Maybe some day I’ll be able to purchase things like this too. Drooool.

    Capek, Karel. R U R ROSSUM’S UNIVERSAL ROBOTS: KOLEKTIVNI DRAMA… [Praha]: Aventinum, 1920. Octavo, pp. [1-6] 7-96 [97] [98: blank] [99: colophon] [100: blank], original decorated lavender wrappers, printed in brown and black, all edges untrimmed. $12500

    First edition. 2000 copies printed. Signed by Capek on recto of first leaf.

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