I'll give those a try. ProFontWindows brings back some memories, since I looked at ProFont in my Macintosh days and ended up creating something that was similar but a bit different. Most notably, the font I created made most of the lowercase letters four pixels wide instead of five and used a narrow zero instead of a slashed one. I actually replaced Monaco-9 with my own adaptation, so it would be the default monospaced system font.
Proggy-Tiny looks like it will be pretty good for use in a 6x9 character box. ProFont is unfortunately only a bitmap font, and thus is not usable in .net controls. Maybe I'll just have to kludge together some bitmap routines for use with a 4x6 character matrix.
Akkurat looks pretty appealing, but $US150
I also tried some "programmer's" fonts but they are more stylish than readable, and for my taste Courier New lacks the vertical.
The CodeProject font top-list ranking is well-deserved, Consolas is really the best ClearType font (my thumbs-up) and Lucida Console is the best CRT display font.
I bought it once upon a time as part of the "More Fonts for Windows" package, and I've enjoyed it quite a lot. One interesting feature is that while it's a uniform-stroke-width sans-serif font, it the italic version has letterform changes typical of italic fonts (e.g. the non-italic "a" has a flag on top, but the italic "a" has a full-sized bowl with no flag. The non-italic "l" has a flag on top but nothing the bottom; the italic "l" has a right-facing flag on the bottom (the "1" has flags a flag on top and a bar on the bottom). The "0" is not slashed, but is very distinct from the "O".
Anyone else ever seen that font?
PS--I would second the request for a sample including O0 Ll1| `"' etc. since those characters can be tricky. Also, it would be helpful if in text you don't just refer to whether the zero is slashed, but whether it is distinct.
Addendum: Financial has filenames mlsan.ttf through mlsaq.ttf and was sold by MicroLogic Software, Inc.
There are online reports that Financial is a forged font. I don't know if this is true or not, but I haven't found it on any legitimate font site.
Well, it was in a collection I bought some time back. I just plugged a sample of the italic into WhatTheFont and it suggested Letter Gothic 12 Pitch Italic. That's probably what it's based on, though none of the font sets I'd seen with a Letter Gothic or imitator included the italics.
Thanks! If I was using a better font I might have spotted that myself.
I know what you mean. I recently noticed something I'd written some months ago, thanking someone: "Thank's" --- aaarrgh!
Though, in my case, I blame it on the ubiquity of the "thank's" misspelling corrupting me. I fear it's only a small matter of time before I mix "their" and "there!"
Being able to distinguish between characters that in many fonts look nearly or exactly the same is really important. Adding these three lines (or something similar that shows this stuff) would make the comparison much more useful: