Difference in rendering xft fonts in xorg-server and XQuartz.app

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at macports.org
Wed May 29 08:11:57 UTC 2019

On May 28, 2019, at 10:50, Richard Cobbe wrote:

>> It appears to me that the first (i.e. liked) font is Menlo 13 while the second (disliked) font is Andale Mono 13. I too like Menlo a lot and have been using it in my Terminal since Apple started shipping it with macOS.
> Actually, the first font is Consolas, although Menlo is quite nice too.
> The second one could easily be Andale Mono, as I do have it installed on
> the machine, but I'm not really sure.

You may have intended for the font to be Consolas, you may even have told X11 to use Consolas, but the lowercase "l" and "r" of Consolas do not look like the ones in either of the screenshots. As best I can tell, the font you like is Menlo, the one you don't like is Andale Mono. See attached comparison image.

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