Sans-serif font that distinguishes among "1," "I," and "l"?

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Sans-serif font that distinguishes among "1," "I," and "l"?

Post by prr » Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:42 pm

I have enjoyed using Calibri because it is a very smooth and readable font, but every once in a while I wish there was a better way for these sans-serif fonts to display 1, capital I, and lowercase l, because they look very similar.

Has a sans-serif font been produced that has these three characters "serifed"?

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Re: Sans-serif font that distinguishes among "1," "I," and "

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:14 pm

Optima is one of the better Sans Serif fonts.
Optima I l 1.png
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Linux Biolinium also makes a good job of distinguishing them.
Linux Biolinium I l 1.png
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Goudy Sans Medium is not bad either.
Goudy Sans I l 1.png
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Verdana cheats a bit by adding slab serifs to the capital I.
Verdana I l 1.png
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Re: Sans-serif font that distinguishes among "1," "I," and "

Post by prr » Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:30 pm

Thanks, Bikkhu, the Optima font retains a nice classy look (rare IMHO for a sans font), while at least managing to distinquish between the one and the other two characters. I don't suppose I'm going to have much luck finding a sans serif font that has the serifs on the uppercase I, will I?

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Re: Sans-serif font that distinguishes among "1," "I," and "

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:32 pm

Maybe if you use a Monospaced fonts like Consolas.
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Re: Sans-serif font that distinguishes among "1," "I," and "

Post by prr » Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:55 pm

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:Maybe if you use a Monospaced fonts like Consolas.
Consolas looks pretty good (a bit like the fonts on those old-fashioned computers), and the uppercase I looks like an actual I, with feet/serifs on both top and bottom, so this looks pretty good for what I want---certainly pretty good for a sans font.

I'll look at other Monospaced fonts and see if thsi is a trend.

Thanks for the tip, Bhikku, much obliged as always. :D

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Re: Sans-serif font that distinguishes 1, I and l

Post by William » Mon Oct 22, 2012 6:38 pm

Source Sans Pro is good.

http://blogs.adobe.com/typblography/201 ... s-pro.html

There is an image about a tenth of the way down that web page showing how digit 1, Capital I and lowercase l are distinguished in the Source Sans Pro font.

For OpenType users there is also available a version of Capital I that has serifs.

There are also an article about Source Code Pro and another article about Source Sans Pro in the blog.

http://blogs.adobe.com/typblography/

I hope that this helps.

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Re: Sans-serif font that distinguishes among "1," "I," and "

Post by prr » Mon Oct 22, 2012 6:48 pm

Thanks, William; I've already d/l it and I'll install it and play with it and Consolas later this week, and report back with my thoughts.

Who would have thought Adobe and open source would go together in the same sentence? :mrgreen:

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Re: Sans-serif font that distinguishes among "1," "I," and "

Post by prr » Mon Oct 22, 2012 7:20 pm

William, Source Sans Pro is looking very good right now. It actually looks a LOT like Calibri (a good thing)--smooth, rounded, gentle on the eyes, not too flashy or attention grabbing--, with a good one, uppercase L, and lowecase i.

I'm going to give it a test drive for a couple of days, but man this looks just like what I was looking for...

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