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DejaVu Sans Mono has one of the most complete Unicode fonts available. This means you have access to a wide range of special symbols including mathematical symbols like arrows, operators, and special alphabets. This is useful for certain languages that require special characters like Agda. Some languages allow using these characters optionally. There are editor modes that display characters like this without changing the underlying file, much like syntax highlighting. The Emacs modes for OCaml and Haskell are prime examples. See More
This font works great when it comes to read and revise long portions of code, since legatures facilitate significantly code reading. In my experience specific bash/zsh combinations may activate wrong macros which generate bad syntax, so I'm not recommending it as a terminal font. See More
This makes it easier to lose the grasp how long lines actually are. Note: ligatures still consume the same width. However, the disappearance of the space between the symbols that get converted to ligatures (e.g., "==") might make it a bit harder to 'eyeball' the number of characters on a line. See More
Hack is free for unlimited commercial and non-commercial use. The webfonts are hinted (TrueType instruction set) to optimize display on the screen and are built into all commonly used web font formats with each new release. They include the complete release character set and smaller (filesize) basic Latin subset releases. They are available in the build directory of the repository. See More
Clear and elegant, distinguish well all characters and absolutely prefer barred zero than the dotted one. See More
The font is available on machines running Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1, as well as part of Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. Otherwise it can be downloaded from Microsoft's homepage. It can also be set up on OS X machines with instructions on how to do it available here. See More
Consolas is specifically designed to work with ClearType antialiasing, so it becomes highly aliased when ClearType is not turned on. This can be alleviated to a degree with any basic grayscale anti-aliasing. As an OpenType relative of Consolas, Inconsolata works well without ClearType (Inconsolata-g being the most popular variant). See More
Letter height is the same for 9 and 10, and for 11 and 12 pt. When switching from 10 to 11 pt, letter height changes abruptly (whereas line height changes gradually). This makes it impossible to choose exact letter height on a standard display. Size can't be set to 10.5 pt, for example. See More
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