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Links and Musings and Software09 Sep 2008

Somebody recently put me on to a neat monospaced font called Inconsolata. A monospaced font is one where each letter takes up the same amount of horizontal space (meaning that ‘l’ is the same width as ‘w’), and programmers love them because they make it easier to read source code. I’m not entirely sure why this is, beyond the obvious reason that it makes formatted text line up cleanly. What I do know is that when I started using Inconsolata in my code editors I felt… well… suddenly happier.

Looking at the screen became easier on the eyes, and the code seemed to flow more effortlessly out of my fingers. Amazing what a font can do for you. If you, like me, are in the habit of doing a bit of haxoring, go download this font and give it a try.

One Response to “Soothing Letters”

  1. 09 Sep 2008 at 10:56 pm Jamie

    It looks like crap in the Terminal on my G5, so back to Monaco for me.

    I don’t know how you can work with a white background.

    Panic created a nice monospaced font for Coda, which I love, but it’s embedded so I can’t use it in other apps.

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