[Pharo-dev] default monospaced code font

Sven Van Caekenberghe sven at stfx.eu
Tue Oct 15 09:53:33 EDT 2013


Excellent arguments !
I am with you 100%

On 15 Oct 2013, at 15:21, Igor Stasenko <siguctua at gmail.com> wrote:

> Since the days when editors was able to allow me using any fonts, i was always switching to variable-spaced font
> for code pane. And i am not speaking about smalltalk or pharo here, it was C and Pascal those days :)
> 
> guess, what i would prefer in pharo? :)
> 
> The bad things about getting used to monospaced fonts is that you format code and it looks perfect,
> but then you print it or copy/paste it somewhere else where it uses other font, and all your beautiful formatting are gone.
> Needless to say, that printing press was invented way before first computer or digital printer, and all we know about fonts came
> to us from the printing world.. and i think i would be right saying that before first digital printers there was not such thing as monospaced
> fonts, because it is not economically efficient: you don't want to waste space on front page of your newspaper by aligning glyphs to some virtual grid.
> More than that, it works well only if you using same font size and no bold/underline variants whatever.. as soon as you use variants or different font size,
> all the benefits of 'formatting' using monospaced font is gone.
> That means, if we employ monospaced font for code, we will be forced to not use bold/italic variants, or different font size (for instance,
> i would be like to play with code highlight scheme, where comments using different font size, or where method name uses bigger font size etc).
> 
> 
> -- 
> Best regards,
> Igor Stasenko.





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