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Courier is a monospaced slab serif “typewriter” font designed by Howard Kettler in 1955. Adrian Frutiger later redrew Courier for use in the IBM Selectric series of electric typewriters. IBM chose not to seek any kind of copyright protection for Courier so the typeface is now available for royaltyfree use. This has made it a common “web safe” font. As a monospaced font, it has recently found renewed use in the electronic world in situations where columns of characters must be consistently aligned.  Courier is the most common one, installed on nearly all machines. The font family includes Courier New, Courier New Bold, Courier New Italic, Courier New Bold Italic. Courier New features higher line space than Courier.


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Courier is a fixed pitch font, which means that each and every character and space is exactly the same width. Standard screenplay format is

designed so one page equals approximately one minute of screen time,therefore consistent spacing is important and courier provides

just that. Most scriptwriting software will automatically default straight to Courier 12.


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Since such fonts use only one set width for all the letters, numbers and punctuation, these fonts have come to be called monospaced. Most type fonts are  proportionally spaced meaning that the letters have different proportional widths

depending on their design. So, for instance, an “i” in Times Roman or Garamond or Helvetica, all proportionally spaced fonts, is much narrower than an “m”. This gives monospaced

fonts a particular character. They were the mainstays not only of typewriters, which could only move one space at a time, but

also early CRT screens, where characters were made from pixels in boxes that were all the same size.


is courier becoming obsolete ? In web design, it has no place unless you want your website to look like it’s fresh out of the typewriter. This is an example of how culture affects your perception of fonts. Courier New was designed to mimic old school memos font.

Courier’s stability as a font has been questioned a lot. Courier is used for film scripts, code and plain text documents. Web designers avoid courier because its lettering is not properly measured and it suggests a more ancient design. Also, because it was originally designed for typewriters, the letters are low-resolution and cannot be placed in the body artistically.


written on typewriters. Since typewriters are obsolete, this font will make your website look painfully dated. Like Times New Roman, serif fonts are not so fun to read on a screen. 12 point Courier New was also the U.S. State Department’s standard typeface until January 2004, when it was replaced with 14 point Times New Roman. Reasons included the desire for a more “modern” and “legible”


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<html> <head> <title> Courier Font Qualities </title> <style type=“monospace/slab-serif”> <body> # courier font qualities @qualities | | <p = “one”> makes words distinctly visible </p> <p = “two”> reduces confusion/ ambiguity regarding understanding of textual representation of the program. </p> <p = “three”> It has its uniformity to thank for its longevity. </p> <p = “four”> very plain. </p> <p = “five”> consistent stroke weights. </p> <p = “six”> does it look modern or elegant. </p> <p = “seven”> well suited for documents that need to look as if they were created using a typewriter. </p> <p = “eight”> good choice if you need an old-style government or bureaucratic look </p> </body> </style> <head> </html>


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;A letter can be just an ordinary messenger, or it can be the courier, which radiates dignity, prestige, and stability.â&#x20AC;? - Howard Kettler

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