Note - For comparison purposes, all of the text samples on this page were pasted into Apple's TextEdit program, then set to the desired font in 12 pt. type.My favorite screen and web font is Comic Sans MS, a font from (ahem) Micro$oft. (OK, I admit to liking a few things M$ does.) I love the lowercase a - it's the way I write an a. I love the curves of the S and the s. I really like the feel of the font.
However, I am a programmer by profession. I use a fixed width font for much of the day. I really should use a fixed width font for email. Unfortunately, I don't like most fixed width fonts. I don't want my screen font to look like they were produced by a typewriter. For programming, I would like the capital letter O and the zero, 0, to be easy to differentiate. I want the same level of differentiation for the lowercase and capital L (l), I (i), and the numeral one, 1.
As a fixed-width screen font, I've always rather liked Monaco, from Apple.
Recently, I've been on a search for new fixed width fonts I like. Ideally, I want a fixed width font that looks a lot like Comic Sans MS, i.e. like a clean hand-printed font sans serif, smooth round letter shapes, similar letter sizes, medium-dark font weight (a lot of fonts are pretty but very light in smaller sizes). I want a nice clean easy-to-read font for email, programming, and everything else.
Here are the ones I've found, so far, that I like.
Andale Mono is another Micro$oft font, very popular.
Angelus III was the first of the "handwritten" fixed-width fonts I found! Unfortunately, I'm having difficulty using it in Email; for some reason, the [ brackets ] don't show up in Eudora!
Anonymous was written to be like monaco but different.
Base Monospace comes in narrow and wide bold, italic, and regular. It's got some interesting features.
Bitstream Vera (and modifications thereof) is apparently popular under Linux.
Doire is another handwritten font with a Celtic air.
Everson Mono is a nice clean font, though a bit light for everyday use.
Excalibur Monospace has the advantage of being free.
Feggolite Mono is really cool, but I find even the bold variant to be too light to read well on screen.
Felt Pen is absolutely delightful but too bold to use on a regular basis. (I know, I'm really picky...)
Galexica Mono is lots of fun.
JetJaneMono is available in regular and italic. The letters in the italic version are slightly different forms. I prefer the italic.
Larabiefont is fun.
Normafixed is nice and clean, a very "round" font.
NuSansMono and its friends were written to look like the original Newton Message Pad fonts. I wish there was a NuCasualMono!
Onuava is nice and clean with a slashed zero.
Osaka Regular-Mono is part of the Mac OS X font set from Apple. Look for it at the end of the list; it's a Unicode font with Asian characters. I like the look of the Roman characters enough to use it as a programming font. It has a slashed zero.
Platelet is just plain cool.
QuickType mono is nice (and free).
Script 12 pitch was the first fixed-width cursive font I found.
Teamhair, apparently pronouced "tower", is another Celtic fixed-width look.
Triskweline was designed as a raster programmers font for Windows but has since been converted to TrueType format as well.
Unotype is a recent and fun find.
Vidilex is another fixed-width from the makers of Onuava.