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Microsoft Has Built a Font for the Command Line

Microsoft Has Built a Font for the Command Line

By Admin •  2019-09-20T09:02:32.385Z •  Tech News


If your current terminal font choice has you squinting at the screen, Microsoft is on hand to help.

The ‘Cascadia Code’ font is designed for command line experiences and code editors

The tech giant has released a new font designed for use in ‘command line experiences and code editors’.

The open source font is called “Cascadia Code” and it was created ‘hand-in-hand’ with the Windows Terminal app, though is also pitched at used of the the Visual Studio Code editing tool too.

Cascadia Code — not to be confused with the German dance act with a very similar name — is a monospaced font that if I’m being terribly honest looks pretty much like every other monospaced font out there.

But as Microsoft is keen to point out, its spiffy new font supports programming ligatures — which is, to their credit, pretty novel.

“Programming ligatures are most useful when writing code, as they create new glyphs by combining characters. This helps make code more readable and user-friendly for some people,” explains Microsoft’s Kayla Cinnamon in a blog post to announce the font’s availability.

Visual Studio Code users will need to manually enable font ligatures via their editor’s settings first, in order to make use of them. If that includes you, it’s something to make a note of

Download Cascadia Code Font

Cascadia Font is the default monospace font used inside the Windows Terminal app, but as it’s open source (under the SIL Open Font license) it’s free to download, package, and install pretty much any and everywhere — including Linux desktops.

But naturally most of us won’t fancy compiling a font from source, so Microsoft has (awesomely) done the graft for us.

You can download the Cascadia Code font as a standard TFF font file that can be easily installed on almost every modern operating system, including Ubuntu.

Download the Cascadia Code Font from GitHub

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