Consolas

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Consolas
ConsolasSP.svg
Category Monospaced
Designer(s) Luc(as) de Groot
Foundry Microsoft
License Proprietary
Consolas sample text
Sample

Consolas is a monospaced (non-proportional) typeface, designed by Luc(as) de Groot. It is a part of a suite of fonts that take advantage of Microsoft's ClearType font rendering technology. It is included with Windows since Windows XP, Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, and is available for download from Microsoft. It is the only standard Windows Vista font with a slash through the zero character.

Characteristics[edit]

Consolas supports the following OpenType layout features: stylistic alternates, localized forms, uppercase-sensitive forms, oldstyle figures, lining figures, arbitrary fractions, superscript, subscript.

Although Consolas is designed as a replacement for Courier New, only 713 glyphs were initially available, as compared to Courier New (2.90)'s 1318 glyphs. In version 5.22 (included with Windows 7), support for Greek Extended, Combining Diacritical Marks For Symbols, Number Forms, Arrows, Box Drawing, Geometric Shapes was added. In version 5.32 the total number of supported glyphs was 2735.[1]

Availability[edit]

This font, along with Calibri, Cambria, Candara, Corbel and Constantia, is also distributed with various free Office viewers,[2][3][4] the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack[5] and the Open XML File Format Converter for Mac.[6]

Consolas is also available for licensing from Ascender Corporation.

Bare Bones Software has licensed the font from Ascender for use in their Mac OS X text editor BBEdit.

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