Another font thread.
The article isn't exactly new, but I went through it today and tried to find the best font (again... 3rd time in the last 2 years...) for coding.
That is a very nice comparison I think.
I admit I sometimes need a "clear type" break... but, generally I prefer "clear type" on my laptop LCD.
LCD's are not all the same -- mine has very "sharp" pixels (this could also be due to the graphical adapter I suppose... But I'm far from being an expert in that field).
A good point. If you spend a lot of your time looking at code/text in an editor, I believe it is important to take the time to try out a few fonts and see which ones work for you and for the monitor you are using. Also, try with different types of text -- some fonts work well for code but make it less pleasant to read a passage of text, some the other way around.
In my experience, the size of your screen, the resolution, and how cleartype looks on your particular hardware, can have a big impact on readability and on how much it stresses your eyes.
For instance, I am (still) using a 17" LCD at 1280x1024. On that, I like Consolas at 10 pt. At 9 pt it starts having some artifacts, like the dot over the i being off center, and at 8 pt some characters start getting 'smudgy', like m and w. Such things distract my eye when reading a line. But at 10 pt it's very good here
A font like Dina was initially designed for 8 pt, because that was the size that happened to work best on my screen. The larger sizes were added because people with larger LCDs sometimes had trouble reading Dina at 8 pt. From the feedback I have gotten, they seem to work well, but Dina 10 pt looks huge on my little screen