My new favorite typeface for programming is Consolas, a font designed for use with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005. I use it there, but I now also use it for SAS programming.
It uses ClearType technology, so the "crisp and clean" benefits kick in only when you have ClearType smoothing enabled. It makes my eyes feel younger. The font is usable on Windows XP and Vista, where ClearType is available.
(Side note: "consolas" is Spanish for "consoles". My programs have taken on a more latin flavor already.)
No consolation for Consolas. One cannot install this font (from the download/install link from the Consolas page you cited) without having Visual Studio 2005 installed. I just tried; no luck.
Lo siento. I'm sorry for the tease. However, there might be hope. You can install one of the Microsoft Visual Studio Express products, a free download from Microsoft, and that might be enough to put you in the clear (text). I installed Microsoft Visual Studio Express for C# on a laptop without Visual Studio 2005, and after that, Consolas installed for me.
Also, a recent install of the Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 upgrade brought Consolas along for the ride, so I have it now.
You may also like a font called ProFont which is the programmers font. It works on many platforms and kicks butt for programming especially when screen real estate is small because you can lower the font size incredibly but it remains readable.
Check out this link: http://www.tobias-jung.de/seekingprofont/
Of course, the BIG question is - "How do I change the font that SAS uses to display my code?"
In SAS for Windows, select Tools->Options->Enhanced Editor to get to the appearance options for the code editor.
In SAS Enterprise Guide, select Tools->Options, SAS Programs, then click the Editor Options button. That gets you to the same appearance options window.
Editor options are global to your machine, so if you change them in SAS Enterprise Guide that will also change them in SAS for Windows.
It works on many platforms and kicks butt for programming especially when screen real estate is small because you can lower the font size incredibly but it remains readable.
How do I get a new font to appear in the Fonts list on the Tools > Options > Enhanced Editor?
Mike, if a font is installed on your system (for example, you see it available in other applications such as MS Word), it *should* be available in EG as well.
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