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Mac OS 10.6 (a.k.a. Snow Leopard) includes a pretty new font called Menlo that supersedes Monaco as the default monospaced font.

I'd like to petition the overflowers to include it right after Consolas in the font-family for code on Stackoverflow.com.

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Before Consolas would be better. That way Mac users will get it first, even if they have Consolas installed, and everyone else will never have to know. –  Quinn Taylor Mar 11 '10 at 8:00
    
@Quinn Taylor: As a Mac user in love with Consolas. Please no. –  Chealion Mar 11 '10 at 19:14
    
@Jeff: I just came looking for this post as I noticed that the fonts had changed this morning... looks good! perhaps a bit geneva-like (taller and less broad than the monaco family), but it still looks nice on OSX. –  Ether Mar 18 '10 at 15:24

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I think that Menlo should probably be placed before Consolas. The reasoning I have here is that many of us who are using the Trilogy from Macs probably have Microsoft Office installed -- and if we have 2008, we have the Microsoft "C" fonts.

Consolas does, admittedly, look really good on a Mac (I use it in XCode; I wasn't even aware that I got this new Menlo font when I upgraded until just now), but if you really want to give Mac users the best Mac experience, I would consider putting Menlo before Consolas in the chain, as it is highly unlikely that any Windows or Linux user will have it.

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Consolas is THE BEST! THE BEST! goo.gl/G30L –  Jeff Atwood Mar 11 '10 at 4:27
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Consolas is the BESTEST! –  o.k.w Mar 11 '10 at 4:29
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Don't get me wrong, I love me some Consolas. But other Mac users may disagree with me and prefer Menlo. I'm looking out for their best interests. :) Also ... I thought we frowned on URL shorteners around these parts. ;-) –  John Rudy Mar 11 '10 at 4:39
    
jeff is in the frowning exception list :P –  o.k.w Mar 11 '10 at 4:58

Not a Mac user but I went looking for a preview of the Menlo font.

Here's one:

Menlo vs Sans Mono

Image source:
http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2009/06/font-changes-coming-to-mac-os-x-snow-leopard.ars
http://typophile.com/files/menlovsdejavusansmono_6131.png

Update:

Upon seeing more comments on Menlo vs Consolas, I found this article which compared both. Here's a visual comparison, courtesy of http://blog.chalitnc.com/2009/09/20/menlo-vs-consolas/

Menlo vs Consolas

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Give credit typophile.com/node/58625 –  Josh Lee Mar 11 '10 at 4:20
    
@jleedev, you got me there. Added :) –  o.k.w Mar 11 '10 at 4:29
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Proven: consolas is magnificent –  Jeff Atwood Mar 18 '10 at 6:53

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