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Definition: monospaced font


A font in which each character is the same width. The "i" takes up the same horizontal space as an "m." Courier is a common monospaced font. Contrast with proportional spacing. See Courier.

Monospaced Fonts Are More Readable
Ever since the Internet exploded onto the commercial scene in the 1990s, people have needed to enter URLs with slashes, colons and unconventional word phrases. The address bars of every Web browser should default to a monospaced font for readability, but they do not, and it is nearly impossible to change the font. Articles referencing URLs also typically keep the URLs in the same proportional font as the body text. See URL.




The Proper Use of Monospacing
Michael Solomon's "Ethereum for Dummies" book uses monospaced fonts whenever an Internet address is referenced as in this example. It is much less error prone to manually copy a monospaced address from printed material.