Comic Code and the Panose Category

Most people overlooking my coding are puzzled. Hey, isn't that Comic Sans? And no, I don't code in Comic Sans. What kind of animal you take me for?!

I use Comic Code. It's a monospace variant of Comic Sans. A completelly different beast. :)

Honestly, after moving through many monospaced fonts over the years, this is the one font I found most comfortable to use. And yes, it's not free. However, if you get it directly from Toshi Omagan, you'll probably get a decent discount; I know I did. And no, there is no free alternative that supports Unicode properly.

Once I got the font via email, I started using it in VS Code, Visual Studio, Notepad++, Putty... Wait! It doesn't work in Putty? Yep. My font of choice was not in the list. Uff. I had to select support for variable pitch fonts. Well, no biggie. And then I tried to change it for my Windows Console only to see there was no way to set it at all.

In search for a solution, and after learning way more than I needed (darn Wikipedia is black hole), I zeroed onto Panose classification and its Proportion category. Yep, Windows uses this category to decide which fonts to show in its classic dialog box when application asks for a fixed-spacing.

Fortunately for me, there is an excellent tool called Panosifier that allows changing any Panose setting without going far into the binary. I just ran it with --proportion 9 argument and, voila, my Comic Code was now visible even in Windows Console.

If you too decide to use this beautiful font, don't worry. Its author has adjusted Panose since so font you receive should have it already set.

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