[smc-discuss] OT: Disabling ligatures in monospace font Inconsolata

Rajeesh K V rajeeshknambiar at gmail.com
Mon Aug 19 04:25:50 PDT 2019

> I'm posting here seeking advice from font experts.
> I had been using Inconsolata as my monospace font. But ever since they
> added ligature support, it hasn't been the best option. In my opinion,
> this makes the font highly specific for certain programming languages.
> Case in point: the sequence <= (< followed by =) is rendered as
> 'less-than-or-equal' symbol. This doesn't make sense for VHDL where that
> combination represents something else.
> Inconsolata page says:
> ---------------------
> They are available in two families.
>   * "Inconsolata" exposes the ligatures as dlig. These are disabled by
>     default, and probably won't show up in your editor. You can enable
>     them in CSS with this rule:

AFAICS, using this version of the font should not produce such ligatures by
default, which works as expected in editors like Vim. But the ligatures are
formed in other editors like KWrite, Firefox etc in my testing. I think it
is a bug in the application as ‘dlig’ should be off by default and should
be only enabled explicitly.

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