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A font that's readable with a 5px height

If the 5x5 pixel font suggested by Cai and mayersdesign is still too large, you could try the 4x5 pixel font I made a few years ago for a challenge on another SE site. The original version included ...
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How to use San Francisco font on Windows?

You go here: https://developer.apple.com/fonts/ (yes I know this is the official link - thing is: SF is a open type font, its just "hidden" deep in the downloaded package) Then you download the font. ...
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A font that's readable with a 5px height

You're going to have trouble with most fonts at that small a size. Some will have better hinting than others and be OK, but you're unlikely to find anything that perfectly works... What you really ...
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Is there a free 'Helvetica Neue' alternative?

Tex-Gyre-Heros is for me the best one. Enjoy it! Tex-Gyre fonts at GUST e-foundry home Install on Ubuntu: sudo apt install tex-gyre
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Which font's digits resemble Nixie tube digits?

One family I've recently noticed is the TT Chocolates and the Extra Light looks pretty close to what you need, but note the '1' in the image below is replaced with an uppercase 'i' (as suggested by ...
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A font that's readable with a 5px height

The font 5x5 which is happily free (for personal use), is made specifically for 5px font heights.
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Recommendation for Helvetica-like font with excellent distinguishability

One very nice (if you ask me) option is IBM’s new set of fonts called Plex. The family includes both a sans-serif, a serif, and a monospaced variant, all with excellent distinctiveness (1/I/l and O/0 ...
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Font where O is very distinct from zero

Some visual clues that will tell your users the O is a letter: If the O has thicker sides than the top and bottom. If the 4 is an old-style numeral that sits below the baseline. If the O is much ...
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Font where O is very distinct from zero

My suggestion would be to make the number distinct from the letters instead of worrying about the O itself; maybe a different colour or size. Thereby implying that anything else is a letter.
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Free alternatives to Impact

Vernon Adams has a very nice alternative, named Anton: https://www.google.com/fonts/specimen/Anton As he said in other page: "see Google's PR for the Chromebook notebooks that used Anton, big and ...
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Are there Cyrillic/Greek/Japanese/Chinese equivalents of Comic Sans?

Japanese In Japanese, a great candidate for Comic Sans is 創英角ポップ体 sōei kaku poppu tai. This font is extremely informal, is widely used (for example in leaflets in government offices, whatever), comes ...
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Is there a free 'Helvetica Neue' alternative?

The closest open source licensed font to Helvetica Neue I have found is surprisingly GNU FreeSans. Below is a sample from Inkscape, with FreeSans at the top and Helvetica Neue at the bottom. The ...
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Web safe alternative to roboto?

The "web-safe" is a little arcaic concept. It is more likely that your site dissapear before google stop supporting the fonts it has listed. So any alternative to other "google fonts" has no sense. ...
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Are there any free emoji fonts?

Google's TrueType fonts Noto Emoji (284.4 KB) and Noto Color Emoji (6.5 MB) are very good.
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Font where O is very distinct from zero

Assuming this is meant for use as a logo, where you have a bit more leeway in tools at your disposal, I'd suggest focusing on contrast between the number character and the letter characters. This ...
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How to use San Francisco font on Windows?

Step 1: Download the font package from Apple. https://developer.apple.com/fonts/ Make sure to download the regular fonts and not the compact fonts for watchOS. The download will have an annoying ....
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Are there any free emoji fonts?

Open sans emoji should work Here is a link to a github repo https://github.com/MorbZ/OpenSansEmoji
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How to use San Francisco font on Windows?

Unfortunately Apple aren't too concerned with Windows users. They expect everyone who is designing for Mac to use a Mac. And since the San Francisco font has been created with specific features only ...
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A font that's readable with a 5px height

Berkelium 1541 is a TrueType conversion of the proportional pixel font used by the GEOS operating system on the Commodore 64 to label files and other icons on the desktop. The text Berkelium 1541 / ...
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Is there a font that has the same height for every character?

Capitals with curves are designed slightly larger than the other letters to counteract an optical illusion, which otherwise would make those letters look too small, even though in reality they wouldn'...
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Which font's digits resemble Nixie tube digits?

You can try some version Bernhard Gothic. This is Extra Light: It's not free and clearly it has different curves than the tube photo. I guess in your application idea the whole presentation with ...
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Is there a free 'Helvetica Neue' alternative?

For a Helvetica Neue Condensed, you can have a look at the webfont Archivo Narrow: https://www.google.com/fonts/specimen/Archivo+Narrow For the Helvetica Neue Black version, this version of Archivo ...
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What web fonts work with Māori macrons?

I think the best approach is to use the advanced search tool on your web font service. For example, if you're using Google Fonts, you'd search for "Latin Extended" fonts, and use "ā a" as the test ...
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Are there any free emoji fonts?

I know this question is a bit old but no one mentioned Emoji One It's CC-BY 4.0. As of version 3 they are no longer CC BY 4.0... You can still download the last version 2.2.7 commit here but it's ...
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Are there Cyrillic/Greek/Japanese/Chinese equivalents of Comic Sans?

For what it's worth, I found something for chinese that seems to be their equivalent of Comic Sans, at least to their designers. Because as for Comic Sans, people seem to actually love the font and ...
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Visually similar alternatives to Helvetica?

A good free alternative is TeX Gyre Heros - you can get it from Font Squirrel. I'm a Windows user, so I end up relying on this one quite a lot. The only downside is that you're limited to Regular, ...
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Recommendation for Helvetica-like font with excellent distinguishability

Your requirements are somewhat contradictory, potentially even mutually exclusive. You specify sans serif as a requirement, but the thing that distinguishes the similar characters in your example is ...
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Looking for a font similar to Georgia, but without the numbers dipping as they do

For those who are still struggling with this. Georgia version 5.57 (not sure if in previous versions) has support for Lining Number Forms. This can be accessed in Microsoft Word by going to Character →...
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