If you are using a dark/black background then I've only found Terminal 9pt to work for me... which is killing me now that Microsoft released VS2010 without the ability to render raster fonts. It's the only reason I haven't updated to VS2010.
Yeah, I think I've tried about 3 dozen monospaced fonts for a black background. Terminal is the only one I like. The closest is Lucida Console - and a bold version of Lucida Console would likely fit the bill. For smaller fonts (less than 12pt), bold works better on a dark background and a dark background is a fairly common practice with programmers. Although the Bold option is "available" for Plain Text, it is ignored (a known RC bug that was ignored). What strikes me is Microsoft's unwillingness to produce (or allow) a TTF version of terminal - especially since shipping VS 2010.
I've also had a couple of monospaced TTF fonts that were ignored and replaced with other fonts. They would work in wordpad and they were available in the VS options - but they simply rendered as a different font.
A very good article
5 from me for the very informative article.
Who would have thought for this... atlease I haven't.
But found Consolas are good one with clear type.
Choosing proper(eye friendly) fonts can make life easy for the developers.
Excellent article. I am too quite finicky about my programming fonts and like to choose them very carefully. What was missing in the article is comparison between regular and bold styles for the same font. For example, when you're editing XML code in VS editor and open a tag, then opening bracket becomes bold until it is closed with closing bracket. Also, the whole XML element name becomes bold until it is closed.
The similar effect happens with other programming languages when there is an expression that can be closed (if's, for's etc).
Some fonts (Consolas, Lucida Sans Typewriter) are aware of that and have the same width for bold variant as for regular flavor. Others have wider typeface for bold variants, so text becomes distorted when editor makes parts of it bold. I think it would be nice to include this info in the article.
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