Don't know if it's just my eyes as I get older, but I find the less-than-or-equal and greater-than-or-equal ligatures less readable when skimming (takes my mind a moment longer to confirm they aren't just < or >). Still, pretty neat.
This is a great idea, and especially attractive as I already use Fira Mono. Sadly Sublime Text doesn't support ligatures.
Ah man, I was excited for this until I read your comment, haha. Surprising that ST doesn't support them.
I want to like another font, if nothing more than for simple change to my daily routine. But, the fact is, nothing beats Consolas for me.
Maybe it's just this terrible Windows text rendering.
I personally don’t think that ligatures are a great idea in programming, especially for boolean operators.
Some of the subtler ones are nice… like the “++” one. These are mostly cosmetic and doesn’t impact widths or shape dramatically.
I don’t think that the aesthetic benefits outweigh the new headaches with double-checking each character when I have a bug.
Really interesting concept! But I'm afraid it would actually complicate the time it takes to parse and scan information, not simplify it—particularly for values that appear one way but are typed another, like != becoming ≠. But who knows, maybe it would just take some getting used to.
Seems pretty cool, aside from the "==", and I don't know how changing != to ≠ would behave, but it's worth a try.
Since my editor of choice doesn't seem to be supported, another use case I see from it is using it in code samples on my personal site. This is a really cool project, I hope it catches on.