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B612 is an open-source font developed by Airbus. It's the result of a research project to define and validate an “Aeronautical Font” to improve display of information on the cockpit screens, in particular in terms of legibility and comfort of reading. b612-font.com/

In my experience, it does its job very well. I use it as display font for my status bars/GUI headers, and I like it very much. I wouldn't use it for long texts, especially for programming, though, and I *like* how it does one thing well.

@rixx Awesome font! Too bad it doesn't have diacritics for my language.

@pskosinski Oh, interesting, what are you missing? I only tested German ones and whatever came to mind afterwards (and was easily accessible via compose keys), like these.

@rixx would say the monospaced version should be okay for programming (although I prefer Fira Sans Mono for that)

@koppts Well, every programmer prefers their own font selection, and of course technically every mono font "should be okay for programming".
But I found plenty wrong with B612 for programming: ":" and ";" look very similar, and they are placed far to the left instead of center, which looks very weird in a programming context. 0 and O are almost interchangeable, no markings for the zero. ( looks very much like a [ in other fonts. Those alone are dealbreakers for me.

@rixx yeah. totally understandable. I just had a glance at the font.

@rixx @koppts Interesting that the 0 isn't a slash version, given that the image at the top of the page clearly shows a slash zero...

@rixx what I don't understand: the zero is not stricken through.

@cstrotm

@jpmens @rixx @cstrotm even more interesting when the mockup hero image at the top has stricken 0s.

@kline @jpmens @rixx

According to this leaflet about the font, the stricken 0 is on codepoint E007:

fly-out.net/wp-content/uploads

So it should be straightforward to fork and expose the zero

@rixx Those asymmetric inkwells are amazing. I could stare at the capital X all day. ❤️

@pskosinski So yeah, it fucks up the spacing on the monospace font (I don't have the regular one handy), but all the diacritics are there:

@rixx Weird, I was typing that text into Google Fonts and I was getting rectangles everywhere.

@rixx Hm… I feel like on your screen, polish diacritics are taken from some other font.

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