A Simple Solution to Grading Woes

Monospaced fonts, fonts in which each character has exactly the same width, are a challenge to construct because one must squeeze an "m" into the same space as an "i." They are widely used because they were part of typewriter technology, but now that typewriters are fading away monospaced fonts probably will fade away as well.

Millions of memos have been written with the typewriter, so I am using a memo I wrote recently to illustrate a variety of monospaced fonts. The first is called "TiredOfCourier" and is an attempt to represent the feel of a manual typewriter.

TiredOfCourier comes in six styles: Plain, Bold, Italic, BoldItalic, Thin, and ThinItalic. Above you see the plain style and below is the italic. (Yes, I know that loose is misspelled. If I argue that I meant it that way because many students do not spell very well, will you believe me?)

Besides typewriters, a variety of old computer printers used monospaced fonts. JetJanePlain, illustrated below, was inspired by those printers, though not modeled on any one in particular.

A true italics is not really needed for a typeface like this, but at the time I was constructing it I needed numbers, and an italics version was easy.

JetJane has a large family of members, with not only the normal bolds and italics, but also some version with small-caps in place of the lower-case letters.

Continue on to part two of the grading proposal.

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altered Dec 2007