Acorn Full Nostalgia

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A strong, clear, fixed-width console font inspired by 1980s Acorn microcomputer text, but much smoother. Good for coding, text editing and text interfaces. Contains all glyphs for single byte values in CP-437 (DOS:US), CP-850 (DOS:EU) and CP-1252 (Windows).

I am aiming for the largest useful character count of any non-pixellated monospaced console font, so check back here every few months. If there are any unicode subsets that you need completing, just ask.

NOTE: If you want to get this font working in Windows 10 Command Prompt & PowerShell, please read the Jan 2019 comments below.

Info: Created on 30th March 2012 . Last edited on Wed, 13th February.
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Intro screen for a retro game.

Comment by mez101010 Wed, 5th December

Source code sample.

Comment by mez101010 Mon, 17th December

I noticed the corner and inverted corner blocks are the wrong size, they should generally be the same size as the other block elements...

Also, Can you also add the rest of the greek?

Comment by Se7enty-Se7en Mon, 17th December

Which OS & software are you using to view it, so I can reproduce the issue? Do you mean vertically? If I make the blocks smaller they do not seamlessly connect in Windows Notepad (see attached).

And I have added the missing 24 Greek capitals + some others. Or do you need the entire subset 0370-03FF?

Comment by mez101010 Tue, 18th December

@mez at least that it contains all the letters nedded to write greek...

What I mean is that the quadrant blocks should be scaled vertically until it matches the height of the full block (█)...

Comment by Se7enty-Se7en Tue, 18th December

Also, the 5/8 right block should be moved a bit to the left until it touches the left guide...

Comment by Se7enty-Se7en Tue, 18th December

5/8 left block*

Comment by Se7enty-Se7en Tue, 18th December

For what it's worth, the Q and the slash O's seem out of place with the rest of the font.

Comment by jonrgrover Tue, 18th December

@Se7enty-Se7en

I think the blocks are correct now, so thanks for that. I've also added the missing Greek capitals, but I'm not familiar with the Greek alphabet so let me know if there are any more that should be defined.

Comment by mez101010 Tue, 18th December

@jonrgrover

I know what you mean, but the style simply matches the original inspiration for the font, which is a blocky bitmap font with a very low resolution (8x8 pixels). Plus, if the zero didn't have a slash it would be exactly the same as the capital letter 'O' which would be ambiguous for programmers.

If you are thinking of the Teletext font on those 1980s machines (MODE 7) you should try searching for the quality "Bedstead" font online, or the "Mallard" font on this site.

Comment by mez101010 Tue, 18th December

@mez There are the capital greek vowels with tonos, the lowercase iota with tonos and umlat that need to be added as well... As well as the greek question mark just in case... And you can add the accented greek letters in the Greek Extended block if needed...

Comment by Se7enty-Se7en Tue, 18th December

I spotted a missing brick on the superscript 3 (highlighted in red/orange)

Comment by Se7enty-Se7en Tue, 18th December

OK, thanks, I've fixed that and added the whole Greek/Coptic subset for 0370-03FF.

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Comment by mez101010 Sun, 13th January

If you want to use this TrueType font in Windows 10 Command Prompt or PowerShell, please do NOT download it from this fontstruct website because unfortunately it is unable to mark TTF font files as Monospaced, in the way that Windows 10 requires. Instead, go to this popular Acorn forum to download my amended version of it: Stardot Forums

Comment by mez101010 Mon, 21st January

To get it fully recognised you will need to follow the instructions contained in my comment reply there, titled "How to use in Windows 10 Command Prompt & PowerShell" and dated Jan 2019.

Comment by mez101010 Thu, 24th January

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