Re: need a font similar to Courier to use for code

Subject: Re: need a font similar to Courier to use for code
From: "Richard G. Combs" <richard -dot- combs -at- voyanttech -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2001 15:07:47 -0600

Guy Haas wrote:

> Well, Let me lob this element into the discussion: I am
> documenting case-sensitive programming languages, and am faced
> with the issue of capital I and lowercase L looking identical
> in sans serif fonts.
> Can anyone suggest serif fonts that distinguish 1 from l
> and sans serif fonts that distinguish I from l easily?

Lucida Sans Typewriter does a good job of distinguishing 1/I/l and 0/O, and
unlike Andale Mono (which is otherwise a good choice), there is a full
family of angle and weight variants. It's available from or

In her summary of responses to her post, Gilda Spitz concluded "And the
winner is... Lucida Sans Unicode..."

I respectfully disagree. Lucida Sans Unicode is a proportionally-spaced
font, not a monospaced font. That makes it totally inappropriate for
formatting blocks of code.

"It's my opinion and it's very true."

Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Voyant Technologies, Inc.
richard -dot- combs -at- voyanttech -dot- com
rgcombs -at- free-market -dot- net


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