Setting OpenDyslexic as my font in Emacs
First, the screenshot:
I’ve really barely used Emacs. I don’t know keyboard macros, registers, search and replace, elisp, or any of the really cool advanced stuff. But the ability to easily
- customize everything
- and find help via IRC and the Emacs wiki
are making Emacs incredibly fun and rewarding to learn more about.
I’ve seen ProggyFont and other programmer-centric fonts before, and although they piqued my interest I didn’t really want to think about all the hoops I’d have to jump through to get them working with Eclipse…
But today I happened to be reading the BBC site and I happened upon this link about a CC’d font for Dyslexic people. It seemed interesting looking, and I could definitely see how the words seemed to be a bit more recognizable. So my day started with an adventure in honing my ability to customize the heck out of random stuff in Emacs.
So, I then setup the font via the following steps:
- Downloaded the font from here
- Moved the extracted *.otf files to ~/.fonts
fc-cache -f -v ~/.fonts
(set-frame-font "OpenDyslexic")in my main *.el
It turns out to be very interesting looking, and I think I’m going to keep it. I think it’s the useful cousin of Comic Sans.