View Full Version : Replacement for Andale Mono?

Andrew B.
07-25-2005, 09:09 PM
Andale Mono used to be free and easy to download from the Microsoft site. And because it was released for free before, the theory goes that it cannot be made unfree, even though Microsoft now only links to places to buy it. But that theory is not enough to make me feel good about downloading it for free when I'm working one someone else's computer. So I'm wondering if there are any good free monospaced fonts with letters that are as unmistakable as Andale Mono's letters.


Gerry Kowarsky
07-26-2005, 10:18 AM
Check out Bitstream Vera Sans Mono, which Bitstream donated to Gnome: http://www.gnome.org/fonts/. It does not have the agressive delta hinting of Andale Mono, but there are four weights. Capital I, lowerecase l, and numeral 1 are easily distinguisable, and a dot in the zero distinguishes it from capital O.

Andrew B.
07-26-2005, 05:01 PM
Thanks Gerry. You solved the problem.

Gerry Kowarsky
07-28-2005, 09:09 AM
Glad to help!

Stephen Coles
08-01-2005, 09:20 PM
In case you get sick of Vera, there are some suggestions in the Fonts for Programmers (http://typographi.com/000744.php) thread at Typographica. So far, the winners seem to be Pragmata (http://www.fontshop.com/showfont.cfm?fid=SD.112014.0.0) (saves tonna space) and Consolas (http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=47&aid=78683) (not yet available).

Andrew B.
08-01-2005, 10:47 PM
Very interesting. Thanks!

BTW, while I was searching to view fonts they are talking about, I hit this page (http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2004/12/6/11739/5249). It previews several of the fonts.