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Old 06-12-2017, 04:57 AM   #21
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Once upon a time, @CheddarTrek linked me to this infographic about the benefits of serif and sans-serif fonts.

If you're working with large texts that you're reading over a lot, this might influence your choice.
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Old 06-12-2017, 06:24 AM   #22
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Once upon a time, @CheddarTrek linked me to this infographic about the benefits of serif and sans-serif fonts.

If you're working with large texts that you're reading over a lot, this might influence your choice.
That's actually quite helpful. I think I'm closer to understanding why people care about it so much.
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Old 06-12-2017, 12:36 PM   #23
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That's actually quite helpful. I think I'm closer to understanding why people care about it so much.
Well one reason I care about it so much is that I literally cannot read fonts like Times New Roman for more than 5-10 minutes on a screen without having to look away blinking because I've gone cross eyed and now have double vision.

If you have decent/normal eyesight it might not matter as much. But one reason I love trying new fonts is because it really improves the entire experience for me in terms of eyeball comfort.

That doesn't explain why I want to use monospaced fonts when I am writing (not reading), but that's probably because it's easier for me to glance back and see things or something.
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Old 06-12-2017, 03:21 PM   #24
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Old 06-13-2017, 05:27 PM   #25
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That doesn't explain why I want to use monospaced fonts when I am writing (not reading), but that's probably because it's easier for me to glance back and see things or something.
The reason I like them is because when two sentences are exactly the same length, it's because they're exactly the same length. For instance:

wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

These two look of roughly similar length in my browser, but there's actually nearly 10 characters difference. When using a monospace font, I can tell if a sentence is too long, or a paragraph is underdeveloped, entirely at a glance.

In addition, you end up with perfectly justified text columns without actually having to justify and and end up with the kerning issues that would generally cause with a normal font. This is entirely an aesthetic consideration, but one that makes me infinitely happier when writing.

Also, it means that you can lay out things like tables purely in text without any worry that things are going to shift about the place.
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Old 06-15-2017, 05:21 AM   #26
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I prefer using Fantasque Sans Mono. Nothing beats it, imo - it manages to scratch an itch I never knew I had. I use it for anything I need to write in. My terminal, IRC client, writing app. If I can configure it to use this font, I do. @CheddarTrek, you might like it with your love of mono fonts. You can download it for free, it's open source.
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For general writing (including coding), I use Sublime Text 2 with Calibri (size 11) and the Monokai Bright theme.
Do you use the free version or the paid one?
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Old 06-17-2017, 02:20 AM   #28
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For academic purposes I use Times New Roman 12pt simply because nearly every paper calls for it. However for my own personal writings I exclusively use Constantia 11pt. I don't know why - I just enjoy the look of it.
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Old 06-17-2017, 03:57 AM   #29
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I write in Notepad++.
So, uh, Courier New, 10pt, I suppose.
All the time. Without exception. I just add little symbols to indicate italics and whatnot.

I'm a creature of habits, and if they aren't bad, they're at least bizarre.
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I use the free version. It's basically like Winrar in that it occasionally asks if you'd be so kind as to donate, but that happens once a day at best and it never actually forces you to do so.
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Yeah, no one pays for ST lol.

If I ever write, these days I do it in Vim with the Vimwiki plugin, and my terminal font is 16pt Monaco.

e: for an idea of what it looks like:

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Old 06-17-2017, 06:06 AM   #32
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Sublime Text looks neat. Mostly because of how easy it is to use columns and manually adjust them. That's one thing that Word never got remotely right.

I like to have my outline in one column and what I'm writing in the other. With Word I usually have a second file open in notepad or something. Or if I'm drafting in yWriter then another page there, but while I like yWriter for a lot of things the actual writing experience is pretty meh.

So does Sublime Text have any primary competitors? I can always format and whatnot in Word later, but damn those columns are nice. Getting the font changed is a hassle though.
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Atom, possibly. http://flight-manual.atom.io/using-atom/sections/panes/

They're both geared towards writing code more than prose, but as you said it's easy to add formatting after.
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You could set up emacs for it as well.
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I do all my writing in Google Docs, and don't change the font off Arial 11pt. This is probably a hold-over from when I adopted GDocs to give me the flexibility to write anywhere. I used to do a fair amount of writing on my tablet if I was away from home, and GDocs had the best workflow at the time. I think OneDrive and Word might be better now, but I can't be arsed migrating everything across.

To be honest, the typeface matters little to me, as long as it doesn't make my eyes bleed or anything. Google Docs also has a fairly nice flow for getting access to the various accented or circumflex'd characters I find myself needing frequently when writing my Lord of the Rings crossovers.
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