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When I was a kid there was this weird font that was often used to represent computer, and I always thought it was weird because it didn't seem to have anything to do with the computers I knew... (1/5)

As it turns out, this font (or its imitations) were based on the Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) numerals developed by bankers in the 1950s to make cheques readable by machines, but still also recognizable to humans... (2/5)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetic

In the 1960s, Leo Maggs designed the "Westminster" font, extending the look of the MICR numerals to a whole alphabet, and it subsequently really caught on with science fiction. A font for machines became symbolic of the future... (3/5)

mercerdesign.com/true-story-we

I remember encountering a derivative of this font called "Computer" in Printmaster Plus on my Atari ST. Being very young, I just accepted this as something that probably made sense to adults. Sure, this is the computer font. Why not? ... (4/5)

Microsoft also had a fleeting interest in the original Westminster font, which they briefly included in Windows 98. (5/5)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westmins

@rainwarrior Probably because it looks cool but is hard to read?

@sciss A false cognate, perhaps. ;)
The real answer is in the second toot in that thread though.

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