Zeitung Mono captures the same typographic spirit as the other Zeitung fonts. However, there are major differences in the design because monospaced fonts are usually apllied in a different way. This requires another design not only of the all glyphs due to their identical widths, but also how the italic relates to the roman for example. Where Zeitung’s italics are timid and relatively close to the upright roman characters, a closer look shows that Zeitung’s monospaced italics are scripty, fancy, and striking. Monospaced fonts are not only applied in digital environments (coding, terminals, teletext, etc), but also have printed applications (bank statements, receipts, tables, etc) in which italic fonts are frequently used. Or think of journalists who write their texts using elementary text editors, using a simple typewriter style. Even book designers can run into situations where a monospaced font could be of help, while visualising a piece of code for example, or even sometimes when a nondescript feeling must be obtained.
In all these occasions the italic words should be clearly distinguishable, avoiding any possible confusion. Therefore the italics in Zeitung Mono need to be completely different than those in the other, proportional Zeitung families, where italics have a different purpose. In that sense, Zeitung Mono is not a modified family to fit uniform widths, but more an individual font family, complementary to the Zeitung family.
Although usually there is nothing fancy about monospaced fonts – because monospace is just monospace, right? – Zeitung Mono still has some hidden fancy features. What about monospaced fractions? For those rare occasions you run into trouble, these stacked fractions are your biggest friend. You need hanging numbers (aka Oldstyle figures)? Zeitung Mono has them. You need lots of weights? Zeitung Mono swings from Thin to Extrabold in 7 weights. You need to speak your languages? Zeitung Mono speaks more than 200.
With other words: Zeitung Mono has everything a monospaced workhorse needs, but then in true Zeitung style.