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I find the Century Schoolbook family very legible for online documentation. However, I am unsure what sans serif (for typesetting, e.g., LaTeX package names) and monospace (for typesetting code) counterparts to choose for use with this typeface.

Which fonts, in your opinion, could (and could not) be used with Century Schoolbook?

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Ironic that you find Century Schoolbook suitable for online documentation, as it was developed nearly 100 years ago for school textbooks!

While googling I found esperfonto, which has a search box to help pair fonts.

They suggest Arial, Helvetica, or Frutiger Humanist 777 for sans fonts. They don't suggest monospace pairs, though.

The Frutiger family is not free. I tried Century Schoolbook, Helvetica, and Courier, and it seems to look pretty good.

Here is a sample document (requires xelatex) to test your selections:

\documentclass{article}
\title{Font Test}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage{blindtext}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\setmainfont{Century Schoolbook}
\setsansfont{Helvetica}
\setmonofont{Courier}
\usepackage{sectsty}
\allsectionsfont{\sffamily}
\begin{document}
\maketitle

This article uses the \textsf{blindtext} package to typeset dummy text.  The preamble is:

\begin{verbatim}
\documentclass{article}
\title{Font Test}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage{blindtext}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\setmainfont{Century Schoolbook}
\setsansfont{Arial}
\usepackage{sectsty}
\setmonofont{Courier}
\allsectionsfont{\sffamily}
\end{verbatim}
\blinddocument
\end{document}
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Franklin Gothic is best for sans with Century Schoolbook and TiredOfCourier is best for monospace. This fonts are not free :( But if you use MS Windows, you already have ITC version of Franklin Gothic. TiredOfCourier looks like standard Knuth's Computer Modern Teletype font.

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