When comparing Proggy Clean vs Google Noto Sans, the Slant community recommends Proggy Clean for most people. In the question“What are the best programming fonts?” Proggy Clean is ranked 27th while Google Noto Sans is ranked 62nd. The most important reason people chose Proggy Clean is:
All characters are completely readable in the smallest size. Perfectly usable in terminal and code editors in 12px text size.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro The easiest to read
All characters are completely readable in the smallest size.
Perfectly usable in terminal and code editors in 12px text size.
Pro Hipster among hipsters
Even hipsters will marvel at this font, praising you as the new hipster lord. It is best at around 19px (tested on Mac). Overall, it has better readability than many default fonts.
Pro Simple and yet beautiful
Simple and beautiful - much like the Windows counterparts such as Calibri and Arial but it's native for Linux and for this reason it looks better than these two with anti-aliasing.
Licensed and distributed under the SIL Open Font License.
Pro Expansive character set
Noto Sans is one of the most comprehensive fonts in the market, covering an estimated 30+ languages backed by Google.
Pro Optimized for a large variety of displays
Glyph design on Noto Sans is well designed and accounts for HiDPI and standard displays.
Looks very clean and crisp on retina displays.
This is, of course, intentional; but it can be hard to look at compared to other smooth mono-space fonts.
Con Smallest font sizes hard to read
Fonts less than 11pt start to fail readability tests. 9pt specifically has an additional issue where brackets don't align.
Con Not really good in all font-sizes
Completely clean pixels, no anti-aliasing so its best viewed in (n*12) pixel size.
Bold font-weight is not really good because of small padding between them.
Con Font pack might be too large
Because it is so comprehensive, the TTF/OTF packages in ZIP is really large.