Long-time Slashdot reader destinyland writes: JetBrains (which makes IDEs and other tools for developers and project managers) just open sourced a new “typeface for developers.” JetBrains Mono offers taller lowercase letters while keeping all letters “simple and free from unnecessary details… The easier the forms, the faster the eye perceives them and the less effort the brain needs to process them.” There’s a dot inside zeroes (but not in O’s), and distinguishing marks have also been added to the lowercase L (to distinguish it from both 1’s and a capital I). Even the shape of the comma has been made more angular so it’s easier to distinguish from a period. “The shape of ovals approaches that of rectangular symbols. This makes the whole pattern of the text more clear-cut,” explains the font’s web site. “The outer sides of ovals ensure there are no additional obstacles for your eyes as they scan the text vertically.” And one optional feature even lets you merge multi-character ligatures like -> and ++ into their corresponding symbol. (138 code-specific ligatures are included with the font.)

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