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Mar112014

Consolas vs Luculent  

A new challenger in the coding font wars appears; Luculent. (See this discussion on HackerNews for more fun).

For the record, I still think Consolas is not only a great-looking coding font, but is also the best-engineered one in existence. Having said, that Luculent is charming and quirky and cool. It's at least worth a try on your dev box.

Let's explore some specific sizes. All screenshots below were done with text in Notepad on Windows 8.1. The source code come from here.

Luculent 11pt

 

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Luculent 10 point

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Luculent 9pt

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Luculent 8pt

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Luculent 7pt

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Now some if the problems become obvious.

Consolas 7pt

I Look Consolas it handles the same text at 7 pt below.

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Comparison

A PDF with detailed comparisons is available here: http://1drv.ms/1cM24Wh

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Reader Comments (1)

Luculent is easier on the eyes at 7pt - but it looks like the kerning gets worse as it gets smaller?

March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArt Braune

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