Variable PitchA variable pitch (also known as "proportional spaced") typeface is one in which the widths of individual character glyphs (at a given font size) may vary.
For example, in the case of handwriting or hand-drawn characters, one might normally expect the letter "m" to be considerably wider than the letter "i". In a variable pitch typeface, the width of the corresponding character glyphs is able to reflect that fact.
The opposite of a variable pitch is fixed pitch (also known as "monospaced" or "non-proportional spaced") where the width of different character glyphs is always the same (at a given font size).
The difference between variable pitch (above) and fixed pitch (below) is shown in the following image:
As you can see, generally speaking variable pitch text looks more natural (and arguably more attractive). As a result, fixed pitch text is mostly only used for special effects (like simulating old computers or typewriters), or special purposes such as ASCII Art.
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