RE: one vs. 1 (SusanT)

Subject: RE: one vs. 1 (SusanT)
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2009 07:42:40 -0600

Dan Goldstein wrote:

> Is there any font that distinguishes *very* clearly between the
> "eye," the lower-case "L," and the digit "one"?
> As an act of mercy, I'll leave the "pipe" symbol (vertical bar) out of
> conversation.

Some years ago, starting a big API project (lots of code examples), I
searched for a monospaced font to use instead of Courier. We settled on
Lucida Sans Typewriter, from Bigelow & Holmes. It clearly distinguishes
between all four.

In proportionately spaced fonts, I believe Minion distinguishes
reasonably well. But I've never worried about it for standard text
faces, where context solves the problem -- only for code, filenames,
etc., for which we always use a monospaced font.

Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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