When comparing Monoid vs Noto Mono, the Slant community recommends Monoid for most people. In the question“What are the best programming fonts?” Monoid is ranked 26th while Noto Mono is ranked 78th. The most important reason people chose Monoid is:
The common expression '!=' is displayed as '≠', '>=' as '≥' *, while maintaining the fixed width double-space that these characters would normally take, so as to maintain text alignment. * Many others are supported too - see site for details.
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Pro Novel use of ligatures to display ascii character combinations as symbols
The common expression '!=' is displayed as '≠', '>=' as '≥' *, while maintaining the fixed width double-space that these characters would normally take, so as to maintain text alignment.
- Many others are supported too - see site for details.
Pro Open source
Monoid is open source meaning it's freely available to anyone.
Pro Larger and easier to read with thin condensed letters
The user can adjust letter-spacing, line-height, and choose alternate characters prior to downloading.
Pro Fine without retina
Probably the only one that is.
Pro Excellent support for Unicode characters
Unicode uses 16 bits per character, meaning that it can represent more than 65,000 unique characters.
Con Very narrow
Con No bold-italic style
Monoid doesn't offer a style that is both bold and italic.
Con Zero is difficult to identify
As it's not dotted or slashed, "0" is more difficult to distinguish.
Con Non-monospace ligature replacements for 'fl', 'fi', 'ffl', 'ffi'
By default, the substrings 'fl', 'fi', 'ffl', and 'ffi' are each crammed into one character width, making it not a truly monospace font. For example, the word 'flag' is rendered as three characters wide.
Con Letters capital 'i' and lowercase 'L' are too similar
The only difference is almost unnoticable.
Con Difficult to distinguish between a period and acomma as well as a colon and a semi-colon
Comma has very small tail, making it difficult to distinguish from a period (full stop). Same applies to colon and semi-colon.