[Haskell-cafe] tangential request...

Mark Lentczner mark.lentczner at gmail.com
Tue Jun 25 04:32:09 CEST 2013

(apologies for keeping this tangential topic alive for so long... but it is
the cafe... and it is all for a good Haskell related cause...)

The two fonts that are essentially identical are DejaVu Sans Mono and
Menlo. Both derive from Vera Sans Mono, and in the ASCII range are
different in only a few characters. Turns out that Monaco (older OSX
default font) and Ubunutu Mono are also derivatives and very very similar,
identical in many characters.

So, perhaps Evan, the reason you didn't like any of them better than the
default OS X terminal font is... they were basically the same as the
default terminal font! If you want to try something different easily, try
Andale Mono, which comes with OS X. If you like that, consider the very
similar, but slightly more refined (and bolds better) Source Code Pro.

As for basic color scheme: light-on-dark was represented 2:1 over
dark-on-light. But share your suspicion that default settings in the stock
terminal emulators may have a lot to do with this.

Ah, the indomitable Mr. Parker, we meet again!  While the other "console"
fonts were nothing so much as an indiscriminate pile of plundered pixels
from the trash can of crufty CRTs.... Your font was of such refined line
and design that it clearly marked you as a man of distinction, wealth,
fame, power, and fine scotch! A straight sided capital A, sporting a peaked
top that actually comes to a point?!?!!! Well played! Game of Baccarat over

— Mark

On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 6:14 PM, Conrad Parker <conrad at metadecks.org> wrote:

> On 24 June 2013 23:02, Mark Lentczner <mark.lentczner at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Again, I'd say the sample doesn't bear that out. The samples with console
> > fonts showed no signs of customization, and so one might infer that it is
> > more likely that people are using them because they just came that way
> > (and/or changing it is too difficult for the perceived benefit.)
> Haha, you've succumbed to my adroit minimalism again, Mr. Lentczner. I
> have taken much pride in customizing my "console" font for
> readability, codeability and /pizzazz/. Next time you ask for a
> screenshot I shall rather send you a copy of my .Xdefaults file,
> pirate.
> Conrad.
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