1 or l?

1 or l?

Summary: Meanwhile, back at The Ministry of Secrets, I had an interesting discussion with a co-worker about shortcuts. It arose from the fact that I’m not allowed to install fonts, and the default monospace font is Courier New.

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Meanwhile, back at The Ministry of Secrets, I had an interesting discussion with a co-worker about shortcuts. It arose from the fact that I’m not allowed to install fonts, and the default monospace font is Courier New. I’m not a big fan really, as it’s a bit squidgy and rounded, and, horror of horrors, the 1 looks identical to an l. This is not a good idea if you’re typing lots of code which has numbers in (and most of mine does).

PeterD pointed out that back in the days of golfball typewriter, typists used to use l rather than 1 because of this identicality and because the key is quicker to reach. No problem until the whole department he was working in was computerised, and a generation of workers had to abandon their old trick habits.

Topic: Software Development

Jake Rayson

About Jake Rayson

A web designer since the 20th century, I am a pragmatic advocate of Free Software and I use proprietary software when appropriate. I made the full-time switch to Linux back in 2007, and my desktop tools of choice are Linux Mint, Inkscape, GIMP and Sublime Text.

As a Front End Developer, my core skills are HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery, and my working life reflects my commitment to open standards and accessible websites (ie accessible by everyone, regardless of browser, platform, ability or technology).

For web publishing platforms, I use WordPress for ease of use and Drupal for more complex solutions.

I am also learning about Ruby, Rails, Sinatra and CoffeeScript. I like the minimalist Ruby Way. To this end, my personal portfolio website is built with NestaCMS.

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