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I'm looking for an optimal typeface for report tables that will contain many columns (the reason for condensed).

The reason for monospace is that these reports will contain a lot of numbers and we would like them to be aligned across all the rows.

The reason i need it to be open-source is that we will show these reports inside a web application, so it would be embedded as a web font (@font-face).

I saw Anka Coder but I don't like its 0.

Update:

I finally settled for Open Sans Condensed Light, which has monospaced numbers, so it's good enough for my use case. Thanks everyone for your input!

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    you could try your luck with the Google fonts monospace category, they've got twelve families to choose from. Don't exactly know how-open source they arem though. – Vincent Mar 19 '14 at 14:23
  • If it’s just numbers and similar you need to have aligned in tables, it’s a font with tabular numbers you want, which does not necessarily be fully monospaced. In many fonts tabular numbers are the default or can be activated as an OpenType feature. – Wrzlprmft Mar 23 '14 at 8:48
  • A little to late for my comment but I think almost all fonts have monospaced numbers. – Rafael Feb 5 '15 at 21:52
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The most condensed monospace, open-source font I've found is via fontsquirrel and is called M+ 1m.

M+ 1m font

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Latin Modern Mono is available from FontSquirrel (and also a core font from LaTeX) which is very tight in condensed form.

Latin Modern Mono Light Cond sample at 18pt

As an additional option, Anka Coder comes in both Condensed and Narrow widths.

The Narrow version is one of the other narrowest open-source monospace fonts I have seen. It runs neck and neck with M+1M for width, but with a more divergent style.

Anka Coder Narrow sample at 18pt

p.s. I could have sworn you hadn't mentioned Anka Coder when I read the question, If you had, my apologies for serving it up to you again. At least this gives you the option to see it next to the other options.

  • +1 completely missed the condensed form of Latin modern, nice find. – Adam Schuld Mar 21 '14 at 3:31
  • I use Latin Modern Mono Condensed a lot for documentation in LaTeX and it works very well — readable even at small sizes, letterforms well distinguished (0/O and 1/l/I). But it's relatively light, so it doesn't sort easily with heavier body fonts. – Peter Flynn Apr 14 '17 at 16:53
  • I've tried great many mono fonts today, and Latin Modern is the only one I truly like for the application where I need. I mean, there are many great fonts for e.g. code editors, but they all look wrong in my application. Thanks a lot! P. S. The other good one is Roboto Mono Light from Google, it's not a wide font either. – Violet Giraffe Oct 4 '17 at 16:53
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An old truetype font...

http://www.dafont.com/crystal.font

It is a bit odd looking but the digits are very distinctive and easy to tell apart at small sizes.

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Another narrow monospace font I've found recently is Iosevka. It's very clean and legible even on (relatively) low resolutions. And it's completely free and opensource. I really love this font and use it everywhere.

Iosevka sample

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I personally suggest Meslo LG

Meslo LG is a customized version of Apple’s Menlo-Regular font (which is a customized Bitstream Vera Sans Mono).

I like the dotted zero version

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