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I quite like the look of the font used in the code blocks that appear on Stack Overflow.

What, dear listener, is the font face used for such?

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It's the first font in the following list that is installed on your system:

  • Consolas
  • Monaco
  • Lucida Console
  • Liberation Mono
  • DejaVu Sans Mono
  • Bitstream Vera Sans Mono
  • Courier New

For more information, look at the CSS file in Firebug.

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+1 It's good to make the point that it depends on what fonts are installed in the client. –  pavium Jan 19 '10 at 4:53
    
and the browser defined ones... –  JuanManuel LF Jul 9 '12 at 16:34
code {
  background-color:#EEEEEE;
  font-family:Consolas,Monaco,Lucida Console,Liberation Mono,DejaVu Sans Mono,Bitstream Vera Sans Mono,Courier New;
}
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No monospace? I am disappoint. –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jan 19 '10 at 2:48
    
Edited and fixed ;) –  schnaader Jan 19 '10 at 2:48
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@Ignacio: There's a reason monospace isn't used, and that reason is WebKit, which renders it differently than all other browsers. –  John Rudy Jan 19 '10 at 14:40

See Super User:

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Careful, Arjan, you are currently implying that there would be useful information on SU? That would be shocking! –  Gnoupi Jan 19 '10 at 8:46
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@Gnoupi, you know how all the questions that are too difficult for SO are delegated to SU. ;-) –  Arjan Jan 19 '10 at 9:51

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