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the wonder of a monospaced font

Recently I changed the theme of this blog (again) and decided to go with a monospaced font. A font like that typically looks like something you'd see on a typewriter.. assuming you're old enough to know what that even means (I do have some younger readers). 🙂

In the early days of internet circa the late 1990s, most email was nothing but plain text. This is because most email clients didn't support HTML, a.k.a. Rich Text (text you can resize, colorize, justify to the left or right and so on), so most of the time what you saw were messages in a monospaced font like Courier.

Most of the email I send and receive is done using a monospaced font. This is part of the reason I stick with Mozilla Thunderbird 2, because it's the only email client on the planet that does fonts correctly - especially plain text.

I like using a monospaced font here because:

  1. My bloggos now look like emails - and that's not a bad thing.
  2. It's easier on the eyes because for whatever reason you can follow the text along without as much eye strain (which shouldn't be true, yet it is).
  3. Nobody else uses a monospaced font on their blog, so there's some exclusivity to it. What can I say, I dare to be different. 🙂

Oh, and readership here almost immediately increased when I switched to this theme. Could the font have something to do with it? Maybe it did.

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