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Non-proportional font

A font where all characters are displayed using the same width is considered a non-proportional font. For example, on a screen that is 80 characters wide, each character has a width of 1/80th of the screen. A non-proportional font is better than a proportional font for some purposes, because the characters line up in nice, neat columns.

ASCII art requires a non-proportional font for proper viewing. In a web page, non-proportional fonts are most commonly encountered as a result of the <pre> HTML tag. In LaTeX, non-proportional fonts are used by the verbatim environment.

The proportional font entry features a dandy comparative illustration.

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