Ben Haskell wrote:
> Who cares if Courier is retro?
> The only issue here is on screen legibility.
> On screen "readability" does not yet exist.
Huh, sounds like me! :-)
1. Legibility, readability, aesthetics, availability or
anything else is never the *only* issue: balance is the key.
2. If Courier leaves a retro impressions, and you want to avoid a
retro impression, then avoid Courier. Courier no longer has the
neutrality necessary for most monospaced work; TheSansMono does.
Only in pure immersive reading (which is sporadic/momentary) does
the "impression" not matter; in the overall, the "impression" is
an important factor.
3. Actually, although I think that on-screen readability is indeed
a rare phenomenon, I believe that with hand-crafted anti-aliased
bitmaps *at the right visual size*, it is currently possible to
approach (but not surpass) the reading performance of hardcopy.
Note that I have no empirical proof of this - it's a gut feeling.