- a Hi-Visibility Font
The Standard MS-DOS VGA Font
The standard MS-DOS™ bitmap font - available on most VGA adaptors - leaves much to be desired - particularly for programmers, screen designers, trainers using video projectors, and users with heavy data entry needs.
The original font was better optimised for printing than screen display. Its continued use on screens is an anachronism. Virtually all printed text is now output with a built-in printer font or a Windows' font.
The Windows Terminal Font
The Windows™ equivalent - the fixed pitch Terminal font designed to replicate the MS-DOS VGA font in MS-DOS boxes andWindows NT/2000/XP/Vista/7 Terminals - is no better. To make matters worse, it is provided in too few point sizes to produce a working box or window that is large enough to use efficiently on high resolution monitors.
These problems are worse for users with impaired vision - or for anyone working in poor light conditions or using laptop screens.
Windows' Fixed Pitch Fonts
Programmers using development environments like Microsoft's Visual Studio™, Embarcadero's Delphi™, CodeWright™, ED for Windows™, MultiEdit™, WinEdit™, Visual SlickEdit™, and Office Developers using Microsoft's VBA Editor, also find that Windows provides a very limited range of monospaced fonts - particularly raster fonts which are more readable than scalable fonts (Truetype and Type 1) at small point sizes.
What is the HVFont?
PROCON 's HVFont is a more legible monospaced font. The font design is optimised for screen display. It can be used in MS-DOS mode, Windows fullscreen or windowed DOS Boxes, Windows' Editors, Spreadsheets, Database Managers and similar applications.
Click here to see a more detailed comparison of the HVFont with the fonts available in Windows.
How does the HVFont differ from other fonts?
The HVFont differs from the MS-DOS standard, the Windows' Terminal font - and similar fixed pitch bitmap and TrueType fonts - in several respects:-
In all other respects the HVFont follows the MS-DOS standard - it uses the PC-8 eight bit character set (Codepage 437).
How is the HVFont distributed?
The DOS version of the HVFont is supplied as a DOS TSR (Terminate and Stay Resident) program. It can be used in standalone MS-DOS modes, in full screen DOS boxes under Windows, and in full screen Windows terminal modes. The font should display clearly on any monitor with a VGA compatible video card.
TheHVFont "Full Screen" package provides a more complete solution for those working with a PC in any operating system. It includes font images and files to permanently replace the fonts in the Operating System's Codepage Information Files - and even the PC's Video Card ROM BIOS.
The Windows bitmap versions of the HVFont are supplied in two FON files. One supplements the Terminal raster fonts (supplied with Windows) and the other provides additional point sizes - and special widths - for use in Windows' text editors and other data entry applications requiring a maximally legible monospaced screen font.
The LaserJet Printer version of the HVFont is supplied in a ZIP archive containing many individual downloadable PCL soft fonts. This package is for users who need supplementary fixed pitch printer fonts, in sizes from 8 characters per inch (CPI) to 50 CPI, for applications running under MS-DOS, Windows, Unix or Linux terminal sessions.
Click here to purchase a licence for one of PROCON's HVFont packages.
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