Friday, August 9, 2019

Slashed-zero fonts

I recently received an error on a ClubLog update due to entering an invalid callsign into my log. I'd erroneously typed the letter O instead of a zero and didn't notice later when looking the log over.

My logging program, AC Log, allows the user to choose which font is used and I believe most other logging programs do as well.

A quick web search provided me with 19 free fonts that have a slashed zero, making it easy to distinguish from the letter O. I've put them into a zipped folder that can be downloaded here.

Before and after changing the font in AC Log:
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4 comments:

  1. Hello John, I use the logbook from HRD for many years. There is an option in the menu appearance to choose slashed 0 instead of a normal 0. No need for special fonts, I normally choose "verdana" in all my programs. 73, Bas

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    1. Hi Bas - I use to use DX4WIN but switched to ACLog because I used N3FJP's other logging programs for various contests so I was already somewhat familiar with the interface and other aspects. HRD would have been a steep learning curve as it does so much more than logging. In the meantime, I am still experimenting with which font looks best.

      73 - John

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  2. Hi John

    After ten years of checking contest logs for the UBA, I can tell you that the oh-versus-zero thing is a common reason for busted callsigns.

    My theory for this is that the letter O and the number 0 are adjacent but a row apart.

    It never happens to me as I use the numeric keypad for numbers. I don’t know why, I have always done that from the day I started using computers three decades ago. When I see other operators in action, it strikes me that I am the only one that seems to be doing this…

    73
    Franki

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    1. Hi Franki - it doesn't help that O and 0 are adjacent on the keyboard but I doubt I could ever get used to using the numeric keypad just to enter one character of a callsign - I gotta go all the way over there?!

      And some callsigns seem to beg for typos - KO0O or similar. Why, Larry? Why?!

      73 - John

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