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Font / Typeface AKICOLJ

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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Sep. 16th, 2013 08:46 am (UTC)
It was less cartoony, less wiggly that Comic Sans.
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)
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.
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.

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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