font issue on high resolution laptops...

What's the most readable font to use?
I have a 15.4-inch WSXGA+ (1680 x 1050) laptop & running with 120 dpi.
The IntelliJ fonts even at Monospace-18 is very thin.
(Also this selection doesn't apply to Open File tabs, Project explorer, settings panel etc.)
Iam running IntelliJ 6.x on jdk1.5.5.
Eclipse seems to be picking up a nice big font.

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It probably matters which OS you're running under.

RRS

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On Windows XP, I like these TrueType monospaced fonts:

Deja Vu Sans Mono
http://dejavu.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

Bitstream Vera Sans Mono
http://www.gnome.org/fonts/

You download them and then goto Control Panel->Fonts and then File->Install New Font and select the downloaded font files.

I am currently using the "Deja Vu Sans Mono" font at 14 px 0.9 line spacing on a 1680x1050 widescreen LCD. The IDEA default value is "Monospaced" font 12 px 1.0 line spacing.

In MS Vista there is that new Consolas font which I haven't tried yet.

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FYI, Consolas also comes with any Office 2007 install (e.g., Visio 2007).
It's pretty nice, but its characters are a bit narrower than, say, Lucida
Sans Typewriter (my preferred font).

;ted

"Alex" <no_reply@jetbrains.com> wrote in message
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On Windows XP, I like these TrueType monospaced fonts:

>

Deja Vu Sans Mono
http://dejavu.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

>

Bitstream Vera Sans Mono
http://www.gnome.org/fonts/

>

You download them and then goto Control Panel->Fonts and then
File->Install New Font and select the downloaded font files.

>

I am currently using the "Deja Vu Sans Mono" font at 14 px 0.9 line
spacing on a 1680x1050 widescreen LCD. The IDEA default value is
"Monospaced" font 12 px 1.0 line spacing.

>

In MS Vista there is that new Consolas font which I haven't tried yet.



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Here's a good site that gives you a sampling of monospaced/fixed-width fonts:

http://www.dafont.com/theme.php?cat=503&page=1&nb_ppp_old=50&text=while%28%28endIndex%3Ds.indexOf%28c%2CbeginIndex%29%29%3E0%29%7B&nb_ppp=50&psize=xs&classt=pop

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Also, if you want a good font viewer on windows xp, I've been using this one for a long time:

http://www.moonsoftware.com/fxplorer.asp

It's easy to compare a line of text in several different fonts.

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You can also download the Consolas font from M$ at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=22e69ae4-7e40-4807-8a86-b3d36fab68d3&displaylang=en (Details are in this blog entry: http://www.hanselman.com/blog/ConsolasFontFamilyNowAvailableForDownload.aspx)

However, the retrieved setup.exe program requires Visual Studio 2005 to be installed. But you can follow the instructions from this comment -- http://www.hanselman.com/blog/ConsolasFontFamilyNowAvailableForDownload.aspx#c923ebf4-64ed-4a2b-8c24-9ef70934a825 -- on how to extract the four TTF files from the installer.

Personally, I like the standard look of of the the Consolas font, but find that the characters in bold text bleed together too much (at least at a size of 11, which I like to use). For example the humps in a bolded 'm' bleed together and looks awful. I have read in other forums that Consolas was designed with Vista's improved font rendering engine in mind and looks much better on Vista then XP. (But that was a .NET centric forum, so who knows if that is still true when you throw a JVM into the mix.)


Another set of fonts you can try is the Proggy Programming Fonts (http://www.proggyfonts.com). There are a couple of different styles. They are designed to be used a specific font sizes. Some developers on some forums rave about them. I have not tried for any length of time, but my first impression was that they are so-so. (Note that the Font chooser in IDEA does not recognize them as monospaced fonts, but they allegedly are. So you will need to deselect the Show only monospaced fonts option.)

Personally, I like the Bitstream Vera Sans Mono and Deja Vu Sans Mono and have been happily using them for a whole now. The Deja Vu font is just an extension of the BitStream Vera, adding additional characters, making it very useful if you do any I18N work.

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Stop what your doing and run over to:

http://damieng.com/blog/2007/08/19/envy-code-r-preview-6-released-with-visual-studio-italics

and download the Envy Code R font - I'm loving this font, I just wish it
looked a bit nicer at <13px on the Apple.

Ted Young wrote:

FYI, Consolas also comes with any Office 2007 install (e.g., Visio 2007).
It's pretty nice, but its characters are a bit narrower than, say, Lucida
Sans Typewriter (my preferred font).

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I tried it and it's one of the better ones I've seen, but I still prefer Deja Vu Sans Mono. I find the some of the characters in the Envy Code R look a little off, esp. in the bold typeface. Maybe I'm just used to Deja Vu Sans Mono since I've been using Bitstream Vera Sans Mono for years now.

See attached. I use 14px and 0.9 line spacing.



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I dunno. That's a really questionable lower case 'l' in Deja Vu Sans Mono. I can see the advantage in avoiding confusion with '1', but still...

--Dave Griffith

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I know this is a highly personal choice, but on Windows, I think the best looking
font is ProFontWindows at 9pt (this is on a 1600x1200 res 21" crt) - it just looks
very clean and highly readable. See the attached image...

Cheers,

Bonny



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I've just tried it. It looks nice for Java code but not good enough for XML, especially 'w' and 'm'.

Ahhh, found the problem. 'Cause most of entitys in XML are set to bold.



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Alex wrote:

I tried it and it's one of the better ones I've seen, but I still
prefer Deja Vu Sans Mono. I find the some of the characters in the
Envy Code R look a little off, esp. in the bold typeface. Maybe I'm



Envy's still being developed and tweaked from what I understand of
reading his blog, the last few builds apparently tweaked a few
characters so hopefully some these fixes will continue..

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