Monospaced fonts are fonts in which each character is given the same amount of space. Because this allows for easy detection of mistakes, these fonts have become the standard typeface for the code used in computer programming. Although there are many variations, a few monospaced fonts have become very common.
Courier, designed in 1955 by Howard Kettler, is probably the most recognizable monospaced font. A serif type with rounded edges, it is known by many as the "typewriter" font because of its instant popularity in the typewriter market. Courier is also the standard type for screenplays and, up until 2004, was the official font of the U.S. State Department.
Lucida Console, first created in 1993, is a commonly used font in Microsoft operating systems. It serves as the typeface for a number of the utility programs in Windows, such as Notepad (Windows XP and later versions) and any blue-screen error messages. Unlike Courier, Lucida Console is a sans-serif font.
Fixedsys was the first typeface used by Windows and was the standard font for the first three versions of that operating system. It later became the type for the Windows 95 and 98 versions of Notepad. Fixedsys got its name from the face that is monospaced, that is, the "fixed" amount of space between each character. Unlike many fonts, Fixedsys is under General Public License, making it free to download.
Monaco is a popular monospaced font with Mac OS X. The type has been included in every version of Mac OS, dating back to 1984, when it was designed by Susan Kare. It is a sans-serif font, with distinct variations between letters and numbers that make it easy to differentiate between the two.
Andale Mono was designed by American typeface designer Steve Matteson in the mid-1990s. Although it was originally designed for Apple, it is now found on Windows operating systems as well, specifically with Internet Explorer. This type is a sans-serif with neatly defined characters. Similar to Fixedsys, Andale Mono got its name because it is a monospaced font.
- California Polytechnic State University: Monospaced Fonts
- "The Encyclopedia of Fonts"; Gwyn Headley; 2005
- Microsoft Typography: Lucida Console
- Ars Technica: Mac OSX fonts
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