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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

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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

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! – Jeff Atwood Mar 11 '10 at 4:27
Consolas is the BESTEST! – o.k.w Mar 11 '10 at 4:29
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

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Upon seeing more comments on Menlo vs Consolas, I found this article which compared both. Here's a visual comparison, courtesy of

Menlo vs Consolas

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

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