Looking for a narrow typewriter font with multiple weights

fctaylor25's picture

The question is pretty self-explanatory. Basically something like Courier New, but narrower. Free is ideal. Thanks in advance for your help.

fctaylor25's picture

Thanks, but that's not really what I'm looking for. I should have mentioned that I want it to have a light weight and italics for all weights.

Joshua Langman's picture

Italics? In a typewriter font?

Do you want these to be something like the cursive font that was on some IBM ball typewriters? Or just a slanted version of the roman, which you could make yourself?

Or do you not really mean a "typewriter" font? Would any monospaced font with a light weight and italics work?

Michel Boyer's picture

The sans mono condensed


has italics and multiple weights, and it is a fixed width font (and all weights appear to be of the same width).

fctaylor25's picture

Either type of italics is fine, but I don't know how to make them for myself. And I mean a monospaced serif font like Courier New, not a sans-serif code font.

Sans Mono Condensed is all right, but I would prefer a font that keeps the serifs in the italic version. It could be just slanted, or it could be different, like CMU Typewriter. If that font was narrower and lighter it would be perfect.

fctaylor25's picture

Letter Gothic is okay, but something with more serifs like Courier New is what I'm looking for. I really don't think I'm going to find anything, but that's all right. Thanks everyone for trying.

dberlow's picture

"If that font was narrower and lighter it would be perfect."

monospaced fonts are made to a single width that all glyphs can survive on. That single width is a compromise allowing the m to condense and the i to expand while just maintaining marginal readability.

so what you are asking for doesn't exist, (with multiple weights and italics), for a reason. you are in luck though— Courier condensed can be simulated on just about any desktop computer for free, so you can see.

Michel Boyer's picture

For a quite condensed light typewriter font with serifs, there is Latin Modern Mono Light Cond that comes in regular and oblique in the texlive distribution (MacTeX 2013 for Mac).

It is also available from http://www.gust.org.pl/projects/e-foundry/latin-modern in various formats.

Its character width is 0.35em compared to 0.5em for Inconsolata (that I like) and Letter Gothic (at least the CTAN version).

There is a mono script also having width 0.35em, Script Mono Condensed, available from http://www.fonts101.com/search/condensed+mono (Corporate Mono Condensed has width 0.422em).

Michel Boyer's picture

Courier condensed can be simulated on just about any desktop computer for free, so you can see.

O don't know how to do that with TextEdit or Word. With pdfLaTeX, I think I would need to add lines in the map files, which few users know how to do.

With XeLaTeX, it is however quite easy. If I declare

\newfontfamily\couriercond[FakeStretch=0.75]{Courier New}

I get, when choosing the font \couriercond

dberlow's picture

I stand corrected, desktop computers like TextEdit and Word are not capable of my suggestion. But other desktop computers, like InDesign, XeLaTeX and many other desktop computers are.

And those are 5 of the ugliest fonts I've ever seen. But if you're really trying to say "I really don't want to say it", they should work fine. Latin Modern Mono Light Cond, on the other hand, only needs bigger dots almost anyone can fix.

Maxim Zhukov's picture

I don’t know how to do that with TextEdit or Word.

You don’t want to know how to do that… In MS Word, by cranking the ‘Scale’ control (Font… > Character Spacing > Scale) you can easily distort any font beyond recognition:

fctaylor25's picture

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! I'm going to use Latin Mono Light (I don't think you can condense fonts in Pages). I like the LaTeX suggestion, too: I'll keep that in mind when I have to write mathematical documents. Thanks again, you've all been very helpful!

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