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Author Topic: Hack font v.2  (Read 4555 times)

phitsc

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Hack font v.2
« on: September 02, 2015, 01:54:21 AM »
Christopher Simpkins and others' hack font, which I neither knew nor have used (obviously) has been renewed. It presents itself as 'a typeface designed for source code' and is open source. I'm trying it right now and it is actually the first font which I think could make me abandon Consolas.

Hack 9 is about the same height as Consolas 10, but a bit narrower (which is not a disadvantage at all).

http://sourcefoundry.org/hack/

js-source-specimen-hack2.pngHack font v.2

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Re: Hack font v.2
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2015, 02:05:46 AM »
That screenshot looks pretty nice!

Looking at the website you can see how much work has gone into publicizing the font.

Whenever we talk about programming fonts we also can't forget to mention the Dina programming font, created by DC member Jibz -- which is different because it's fixed width and suitable at very low font sizes:
http://www.donationc.../Software/Jibz/Dina/

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Re: Hack font v.2
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2015, 02:56:52 AM »
I'll definitely give it a try.  From a quick glance, one problem I might run into is that the "filled zero" ('0') tends to look somewhat like an "at sign" ('@').  I'll have to see if this is really a problem in practice.

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Re: Hack font v.2
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2015, 03:06:59 AM »
The only thing bothering me so far is the fact that Hack's 1 looks like Consolas' lower-case l, which I'm obviously very used to now. And I like the look of Consolas' 1 better as well. On the other hand I like Hack's lower-case l better :)

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Re: Hack font v.2
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2015, 03:18:57 AM »
As pointed out in the HN discussion, it is very similar to DejaVu. Comparison gif:

https://i.imgur.com/8SqL6mT.gif

From a quick glance, I quite like it, except for two things; the zero and the letter i.

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Re: Hack font v.2
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2015, 03:25:52 AM »
I actually like the rounded i (which is also why I like the l better than the Consolas one). Excellent idea with the comparison gif! :Thmbsup:

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Re: Hack font v.2
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2015, 10:36:56 AM »
I use Envy Code R, and haven't found anything that would replace it.

Also for more programming fonts: http://www.slant.co/...st-programming-fonts

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Re: Hack font v.2
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2015, 01:50:18 PM »
Here's a huge gallery of programming fonts, together with pros and cons of each.

http://www.slant.co/...st-programming-fonts


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Re: Hack font v.2
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2015, 06:32:35 PM »
Here's a huge gallery of programming fonts, together with pros and cons of each.

http://www.slant.co/...st-programming-fonts


That's the same link I posted in the post right before yours?

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Re: Hack font v.2
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2015, 12:04:42 AM »
In fact, you both posted the same link as I did in this post below, how silly!

http://www.slant.co/...st-programming-fonts


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Re: Hack font v.2
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2015, 01:36:04 AM »
I find it fascinating how many 'programming' fonts there are, and how everyone has their favorite even more so.

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Re: Hack font v.2
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2015, 03:17:50 AM »
I find it fascinating how many 'programming' fonts there are, and how everyone has their favorite even more so.

I think there is a tendency that "craftsmen" feel strongly about their tools. Programmers spend a lot of their time looking at code, so seemingly small differences in editors, fonts, and coding style, appear important to them. Perhaps these details don't really make a big difference in productivity, but I think many have a slight case of CMOD (compulsive-micro-optimization-disorder).

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Re: Hack font v.2
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2015, 07:43:47 AM »
^ using good tools, in any area, makes work more of a pleasure.
I find that anyways.
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Re: Hack font v.2
« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2015, 08:39:30 AM »
I think there is a tendency that "craftsmen" feel strongly about their tools. Programmers spend a lot of their time looking at code, so seemingly small differences in editors, fonts, and coding style, appear important to them.

I think you are onto something here but i think it goes a bit deeper than that.. Part of the dna of being a "craftsman/maker/etc" seems to be a desire -- a compulsion -- to try building the things we use.  Often this leads to incredibly huge inefficient illogical wastes of time, like a reinventing the wheel and building something that we should just have let someone else build.  There is some real pleasure and learning that comes out of it -- but often it feels like a compulsion that one simply gives in to in order to get the idea out of your head.  :P

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Re: Hack font v.2
« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2015, 03:41:55 AM »
I used Dina for a long time.. up till my monitor gained a lot of inches (I maintain it was becoz of my eye-sight! but not really.. just greed).. from then on Dina just wasn't workable anymore, since - although it is awesome at smaller sizes - it doesn't scale up nicely.
From that time on (2010) I used Vera Sans Mono (scales better, but isn't monospaced at all of course), and with a stroke of luck I came across Hack too, approx. 2 months ago.
I like it alot more than VSM (http://www.fontsquir...tream-vera-sans-mono), but I'm still hoping Hack turns up with a true monospaced variant some day soon, because that would be awesome.

I could be German.. I like nicely lining columns and rows of characters THAT much XD

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Re: Hack font v.2
« Reply #15 on: September 25, 2015, 03:26:14 PM »
I don't understand what you mean when you say they're not monospaced.

:huh: As far as I can tell, both Hack and Vera Sans Mono are monospaced. Vera Sans Mono even has "Mono" in its name.


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Re: Hack font v.2
« Reply #16 on: September 26, 2015, 04:11:29 PM »
Welcome to the site, Babbel  :up:

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Re: Hack font v.2
« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2016, 02:29:59 AM »
app.programmingfonts.org which lets you test a number of programming fonts (only one at a time though) was featured in O'Reilly's most recent programming newsletter