DP Sans Mono
DP Sans Mono is a custom font optimized for proofreading. It is designed to help users distinguish between similar looking characters. The font is based off of DejaVu Sans Mono.
DP Sans Mono is the spiritual successor to DPCustomMono2 and replaced DPCustomMono2 for the site on 2020-07-06. Unlike DPCustomMono2, DP Sans Mono supports a range of Unicode characters making it a better font for proofreading after the site conversion to Unicode.
If you wish to download or update a version of this font, please visit the DP Sans Mono - New Release Announcements forum topic.
- 1 FAQs
- 1.1 What is DP Sans Mono?
- 1.2 Where can I see a sample?
- 1.3 Why a new name? Why not just call it DPCustomMono3?
- 1.4 Why base it on DejaVu Sans Mono?
- 1.5 How can I switch?
- 1.6 Why should I use DP Sans Mono?
- 1.7 Why does it look so ugly, though?
- 1.8 Can I download it to use on my computer?
- 1.9 I'm using DP Sans Mono on DP. How do I get the latest updates to the font?
- 1.10 Where can I suggest something or file a bug report for the new font?
- 2 Credits
- 3 License
What is DP Sans Mono?
DP Sans Mono is a new font (think of it as a "spiritual successor" to DPCustomMono 2 rather than the latest iteration of the DPCustomMono fonts) designed specifically for Distributed Proofreaders. It was made using FontForge by lvl, based on DejaVu Sans Mono, and was tested by various volunteers (the full list is in the credits section). Among other changes, DP Sans Mono now supports more characters because of the Unicode Rollout and will also be constantly updated as more characters are added to the Unicode Character Suites. It also has more noticeable differences between similar characters.
Where can I see a sample?
The Font Sample page shows comparisons between your browser default font, DP Sans Mono, and DejaVu Sans Mono.
Why a new name? Why not just call it DPCustomMono3?
DP Sans Mono is a new font. It's not based on DPCustomMono (DPCM), it's based on DejaVu Sans Mono. It also has more support for Unicode characters, unlike the older DPCustomMono fonts which mostly supported Latin-1 characters.
Why base it on DejaVu Sans Mono?
DejaVu Sans Mono was originally going to be the "fallback" for characters DPCustomMono didn't support. However, it had different widths compared to DPCM2 and there was concern that DP'ers in the rounds would be confused. Since DejaVu Sans Mono supported more characters than DPCM2, it was decided to modify a copy of the font (which is permitted under the license) and give it a new name.
How can I switch?
You can switch to DP Sans Mono from your Proofreading Preferences. Click on the "Proofreading" tab, and under "Font Face", select "DP Sans Mono". If you were using DPCustomMono2 your preferences have been updated automatically to the new font.
Why should I use DP Sans Mono?
Like DPCM2, DP Sans Mono is designed by DP'ers for DP. It's a tailor-made font just for proofreading. If you haven't had a try yet, DP Sans Mono (and its spiritual predecessors) have more noticeable differences between similar characters (like O and 0) and hence will help you spot scannos easily. Punctuation like apostrophes, full stops, and commas are also easier to differentiate from each other. DP Sans Mono makes for a more efficient and easier proofreading experience because scannos can be spotted easily and quickly. For a comparison between DP Sans Mono and other fonts, please see here.
Why does it look so ugly, though?
DP Sans Mono and its predecessors aren't meant to look pretty - their main purpose is to facilitate accurate proofreading and enable the quicker discovery of errors and scannos. That's why characters and punctuation marks stand out from each other. If you really don't like DP Sans Mono though, feel free to switch to another font; however be warned that due to the nature of other fonts (they were designed to look nice and consistent for reading and display purposes, not for proofreading), you may end up missing a couple of scannos and find it much harder to find errors in the text you are proofreading.
Can I download it to use on my computer?
Sure! The font comes in a True Font (.ttf) file and can be downloaded from the DP Sans Mono Release Announcements Thread. You should also subscribe to that forum thread so you will be notified of updates and improvements to the font.
I'm using DP Sans Mono on DP. How do I get the latest updates to the font?
Don't fret, since you're using the web font, you will automatically be updated to the latest version of the font as updates to the font are released!
Where can I suggest something or file a bug report for the new font?
Check out this forum thread - you will be able to see DP'ers discussing changes to the fonts as well as try and help out with the development of the new font. If you have any feature requests or bug reports, post them in the thread and we should get to you ASAP.
Special thanks to:
- Bitstream Inc. (now owned by MonoType Imaging) for creating the original Bitstream Vera fonts, as well as permitting the modification of the font through the font license.
- The DejaVu Font Project for providing a wider range of supported characters.
- lvl for the creation of the font. This is a particularly amazing achievement as he had no prior knowledge of fonts beforehand!
- srjfoo for helping to compare the two fonts and suggesting changes to make the font more consistent with its predecessors.
- jjz & rfrank for testing and viewing the font during development.
- rpajares, wfarrell, BookBuff, Tony Browne, harrylame, RobertMouris, Stephen Rowland, bunny-crunch, deaurider for suggesting changes to the font.
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