Font for DEC indicator panels

Toby Thain toby at
Tue Nov 13 10:58:51 CST 2018

On 2018-11-13 10:21 AM, Noel Chiappa via cctalk wrote:
>     > From: Toby Thain
>     > To get closer I'd need better images of the panels.
> Hi, I borrowed a DEC inlay from someone (a KA10 CPU bay) and scanned a chunk
> of it (as much as I could fit into my A4 scanner :-) at 200 dpi:

Nice job, that's a good reference.

> I have a TC08 inlay, but it's currently being used in my QSIC display (until
> we can get the RKV11-F/RPV11-D inlay done :-), and I didn't want to yank it
> out. As far as I can tell, it's the same font on the two of them.
>     > the closest I know of off the top of my head is Akzidenz Grotesk.
> The Akzidenz Grotesk Medium is indeed very, very close (other than the zero).
> Do you happen to know if that font available for use in non-commercial
> settings?

I am not aware of one, but I can hunt around. I'm also waiting on a
friend who might have an idea about the DX11 panel, which is a different
font from this one.

Forgetting about identifying the original for a moment, I just stumbled
on this NEW (and very good) design, which is a bit closer to the DX11
and could be a suitable basis for a set of modern panels? You could
license this font for your product and its branding (or documentation,
web site, etc). It even has a monospaced variant:


> Thanks!
> 	Noel

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