Bitstream Vera

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Vera Sans
Designer(s)Jim Lyles
FoundryBitstream Inc.
Date created2002
Design based onVerdana
Also known asBera

Vera is a group typeface (font) with a liberal license. It was designed by Jim Lyles from the now-defunct Bitstream Inc. type foundry, and it is closely based on Bitstream Prima, for which Lyles was also responsible. It is a TrueType font with full hinting instructions, which improve its rendering quality on low-resolution devices such as computer monitors. The font has also been repackaged as a Type 1 PostScript font, called Bera, for LaTeX users.[1]

Vera consists of serif, sans-serif, and monospace fonts. The Bitstream Vera Sans Mono typeface in particular is suitable for technical work, as it clearly distinguishes "l" (lowercase L) from "1" (one) and "I" (uppercase i), and "0" (zero) from "O" (uppercase o). Bitstream Vera Sans is also the default font used by the Python library Matplotlib to produce plots.[2]

Unicode coverage[edit]

Bitstream Vera itself covers only common punctuation and the Latin alphabet with some diacritics. It comprises only 300 glyphs. Because of its liberal license, the DejaVu fonts project is expanding it with additional glyphs and styles, which it releases into the public domain.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rosenau, M; Schmidt, W. (2004-09-30). ""Bera" font pack for LaTeX".
  2. ^ "Matplotlib fonts". 2017-03-14.

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