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1. Does anyone know the name of the font that MS-DOS used?

2. When I was at infant school (1976 - 1979), lots of things like reading flash cards and name badges seemed to have the same sans serif typeface. Is this still used and what is / was it called?

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gwendally
Sep. 15th, 2013 12:59 pm (UTC)
Around 1980 we called our new fancy typewriter font Sans Serif.

I think the old typewriter font was Times Roman.

I don't know about the MS DOS font. Probably something to do with pixels.
parrot_knight
Sep. 15th, 2013 01:52 pm (UTC)
The most common sans serif fonts were Helvetica and Univers. Do either of them look familiar?

I don't think a typewriter could cope with Times Roman. I can't find the names of mechanical typewriter fonts, only of digital fonts imitating them, alas.
philmophlegm
Sep. 15th, 2013 02:13 pm (UTC)
I don't think it was either Helvetica or Univers, because looking at those fonts, they both have lower case 'a' with a line at the top. The font I remember (I think) didn't have this, possibly because it was designed to look like the sort of lower case 'a' that children learning to write would use.
parrot_knight
Sep. 15th, 2013 02:26 pm (UTC)
That's a good point. I remember a font a little like Comic Sans in that it was designed to resemble handwriting.
philmophlegm
Sep. 16th, 2013 08:46 am (UTC)
It was less cartoony, less wiggly that Comic Sans.
ozisim
Sep. 15th, 2013 01:57 pm (UTC)
Can't help you with the 70's typeface problem... My school used a hand-cranked lithograph to copy handwritten notes until the great lamington drive of 1988, which raised enough money to buy a photocopier and an apple IIb computer for the office.

But I'm pretty sure the MS DOS font was Courier. (Though our old MS DOS-based unix database shell used Terminal.)

Edited at 2013-09-15 01:57 pm (UTC)
parrot_knight
Sep. 15th, 2013 02:00 pm (UTC)
Terminal - I'm sure that's the one I remember seeing on university computers. I agree that Windows MS DOS windows on Windows seem to use Courier, though.
philmophlegm
Sep. 15th, 2013 02:11 pm (UTC)
Terminal seems to be the closest answer. Wikipedia says that it "is designed to approximate the font normally used in MS-DOS", without saying what the original font is. Maybe it doesn't actually have a name.

sally_maria
Sep. 15th, 2013 02:16 pm (UTC)
If you mean the font used on the command-line, it probably didn't have a name. I'm pretty sure it was whatever the operating system equivalent of hard-wired in - I don't remember any way to change it, and that's the kind of decorative tweaking I would have wanted to play with back in those days.
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