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So basically I somehow stepped into this webpage:

And the first thing that hit me hard was the lovely DOS fonts, so naturally I wanted to get them into my IDE badly.

Opened the html source file and CSS file to find the font name:

    font-family: 'Perfect DOS VGA 437';
    src: url('');
    font-family: 'Perfect DOS VGA 437';
    src: url('') format("svg"), url('') format ('truetype');

So I download the font, add it using Control Panel -> Fonts. But once I start using it (notepad, MSVS 2008 & MSVS2010) I notice that it looks slightly off:

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It seems like there's 1 extra pixel between each character.

How it should look:


What is causing it and how to fix this?

Is it the windows XP? (i have disabled font smoothing)

Or is there something wrong with the font file?

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Try a slightly different font size? It's a bitmap font, so "in between" sizes will usually have problems with spacing. – iglvzx Mar 15 '12 at 2:18
Tried that. Its a bitmap font size 12. – JBeurer Mar 15 '12 at 2:19
FYI, that font wasn't part of DOS, it was the text-mode font built into your video card. Different cards had slightly different fonts, too. – Wyzard Mar 15 '12 at 2:52
up vote 1 down vote accepted

What you are seeing outside of the browser is the accurate rendering of the font (based on the file given). Looking at the CSS source, the author has made adjustments with letter-spacing and line-height:

font-family: 'Perfect DOS VGA 437','Fixedsys';
font-size: 12pt;
letter-spacing: -1px;
line-height: 16px;
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ouch, i did not notice that. Is my memory just hazy, because that -1px letter spacing did make it look more like the DOS fonts I remember. – JBeurer Mar 15 '12 at 2:33
Not sure. Fixedsys is a bit spaced out. – iglvzx Mar 15 '12 at 2:44

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