Mark Simonson

Anonymous Pro font

By Mark Simonson
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Anonymous Pro is a family of four fixed-width fonts designed especially with coding in mind. Characters that could be mistaken for one another (O, 0, I, l, 1, etc.) have distinct shapes to make them easier to tell apart in the context of source code.

Anonymous Pro also features an international, Unicode-based character set, with support for most Western and European Latin-based languages, Greek, and Cyrillic. It also includes special "box drawing" characters for those who need them.

While Anonymous Pro looks great on Macs and Windows PCs with antialiasing enabled, it also includes embedded bitmaps for specific pixel sizes ("ppems" in font nerd speak) for both the regular and bold weight. (Since slanted bitmaps look pretty bad and hard to read at the supported sizes, I chose to use the upright bitmaps for the italics as well.) Bitmaps are included for these ppems: 10, 11, 12, and 13. See the usage notes below for info on what point sizes these ppems correspond to on Mac and Windows.

Anonymous Pro is based on an earlier font, Anonymous™, which was my TrueType version of Anonymous 9, a freeware Macintosh bitmap font developed in the mid-'90s by Susan Lesch and David Lamkins. The bitmap version was intended as a more legible alternative to Monaco, the fixed-width Macintosh system font.

Anonymous Pro differs from Anonymous™ and Anonymous 9 in a few key characters. While the earlier fonts had a one-story lowercase "a" like Monaco, Anonymous Pro features a two-story lowercase "a" to help distinguish it from the "o". In the earlier fonts, the slashed zero, designed to look different than the capital "O", goes the "wrong" way compared to most fonts that have this feature. Susan and David did this intentionally to distinguish it from the slashed capital "Ø" used in some languages. Some people thought this looked odd, so I put it the "right" way, and distinguish it from the "Ø" by keeping the slash inside the character.

Another significant change was to adjust the size of the characters in relation to the point size. Anonymous™ was approximately two sizes larger than comparable fonts at the same point size. This was in keeping with the old Monaco font, but can be annoying when switching between fonts. Anonymous Pro has been adjusted so that it appears about the same size as comparable fonts set at the same point size. If you have been using Anonymous™, you will need to increase the point size to get the same appearance.

Finally, unlike Anonymous™, Anonymous Pro is available in one universal TrueType format that will work on Mac OS X, Windows, and GNU/Linux.

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FONTLOG for Anonymous Pro

This file provides detailed information on the Anonymous Pro Font Software. This information should be distributed along with the Anonymous Pro fonts and any derivative works.

Anonymous Pro is a family of four fixed-width fonts designed especially with coding in mind. Characters that could be mistaken for one another (O, 0, I, l, 1, etc.) have distinct shapes to make them easier to tell apart in the context of source code.

Anonymous Pro is distributed with the Open Font License (OFL).

For more information, see the file "README for Anonymous Pro".

Mark Simonson
September 8, 2010
Mark Simonson Studio LLC
http://www.ms-studio.com
[email protected]

CHANGELOG

8 September 2010 (Mark Simonson) Anonymous Pro Version 1.002
- Fixed (stupid) incorrect design of quotesinglbase and quotedblbase
- Lengthened hyphen
- Shortened underscore so that it is distinct from adjacent underscores
- Increased the weight of the ampersand to make it visually the same weight as other glyphs
- Adjusted vertical position of "<", ">" and math characters to align with hyphen
- Modified design of Cyrillic "ze" to better distinguish it from "3"
- Modified 12ppm and 13ppm "m" bitmap so it does not touch adjacent glyphs
- Corrected asymmetrical parentheses in 13ppm bitmaps
- Corrected missing encoding of .null and CR
- Added installation instructions for Linux to README.txt

9 October 2009 (Mark Simonson) Anonymous Pro Version 1.001
- Lowered comma and comma portion of semicolon for better legibility
- Tweaked design of quotesinglbase and quotedblbase
- Tweaked bitmaps for period and other "dot" punctuation for better legibility
- Fixed bad value in CVT that caused uneven cap height at some sizes on Windows
- Corrected 13ppem bitmaps for omicrontonos
- Switched to the SIL Open Font License (OFL)
- Created FONTLOG and new README file

10 June 2009 (Mark Simonson) Anonymous Pro Version 1.0
- Initial release of Anonymous Pro fonts

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to Susan Lesch and David Lamkins for creating the Anonymous 9 Macintosh bitmap font (1991-1994), the basis for the TrueType fonts Anonymous™ and its successor, Anonymous Pro.

Copyright (c) 2009, Mark Simonson (http://www.ms-studio.com, [email protected]),
with Reserved Font Name Anonymous Pro.

This Font Software is licensed under the SIL Open Font License, Version 1.1.
This license is copied below, and is also available with a FAQ at:
http://scripts.sil.org/OFL


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