Inconsolata detail crit wanted

raph's picture

Hi all,

My Inconsolata feels just about finished now. I've added more or less all the characters requested, so that the basic Latin-1, -2, and -0 should be covered, as well as some other glyphs needed for TeX.

What I'd like now is critique of the fit and polish of the font. I'd especially like feedback on the accents and auxiliary characters, since I don't use those as much. I tried to follow the advice of Adam Twardoch and Briem, but not speaking Icelandic or Polish, it's hard for me to know how successful I have been. The font is available for downloading in various formats, so it should be pretty easy to use.

Hinting is very minimal. That means the rendering won't be super-sharp, but at least I have confidence that the shapes won't be horribly distorted, and it looks pretty nice in Linux on my 24" Dell monitor.

Before people lay into it, I know the "A" is stylistically a little out of step with other glyphs such as "V". But I can't bring myself to let go of it. I like the little touch of Eagle mixed in with all the other eclectic influences.

Thanks much in advance (width).

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paul d hunt's picture

i like this quite a lot. what i like best is that it doesn't feel like a monowidth font when reading it. excellent! I find the sharp apex of the A distracting. Are those spurs in places supposed to be there? they feel a bit like they're there on mistake; I like them, but the seem inconsistent. Some of the accents (acute, grave and the lc caron) feel dimuitive to me. I think you did a good job on the eth, but i'm not a native Icelandic reader. Also, the capital Eng is the preferred shape for Hausa, but not for Sami (if that's important). more later...

David Jonathan Ross's picture

Wow...I'm really impressed. This is really pleasant, and with the details on letters like g, t, and v it even approaches friendly.

I agree with Paul that I don't understand the logic behind the inconsistent use of the microserifs, especially in the uppercase (why on the top of the H but not the bottom? why on the lower arm of the Z but not the L? etc). I also think that the microserif on the r should be a little more blunt (like on the s).

While I'm on the lc r, I would think again about removing the foot serif that I saw in Xavier Noria's screenshot; I kind of liked it and it helped fill in the whitespace a little bit. On the other hand, I understand your desire to keep it as sans-y as possible.

Also, Is there a way to translate the subtle curvature of the lowercase diagonals to their uppercase counterparts to soften them up just a bit?

I admire how you've paid attention to how this looks in various programming languages on screen, and not just in natural langauges on paper.


William Berkson's picture

If this is used for programming primarily, then now it looks on screen at the sizes programmers use will be of key importance. Have you tested how well it works under the situations where your intended audience reads and writes?

paul d hunt's picture

the cedillas on the s and t are tolerable, but i believe in most instances the comma accent is preferred.

poms's picture

This is a screenshot from Word saved as png-24.
Your font in "rendering-comparision" with Courier New.

I'm on WinXP Prof, with Cleartype enabled, adusted with ClearTypeTuner. Looking at it with a quite old CRT.

Look at line 7 (from the top) - i made a line-break and line 7 rendered less blurry!

hankzane's picture

slaps Raph with a wet fish till he gets enlightened about the wrongness of his "A"

Raph, can you point me to more information about stroke modulation of Japanese fonts, and the reasoning behind it?

(I'll get back to you with a more serious reply when I'm in a less stressed mood.)

glyphobet's picture

I'd very much like to try programming using this font for a few days. You should release it.

I agree with Sergej - your A is too pointy. And if I were you, i'd try and see how the curve in 'v' and 'w' looked on 'x', 'y', 'k' and maybe 'z' too. And the curve in the 't' is great.

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