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AskDifferent has recently got a nicer <kbd> tag:

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Could we get it on other SE sites too? I really like that new style.

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Could you link to an actual sample? It'll save people the trouble of digging through the site and hoping they come across one. –  Grace Note Feb 7 '11 at 15:48
Yep, I've added one. –  nyuszika7h Feb 7 '11 at 15:50
a BETTER example (in my ever so humble opinion) apple.stackexchange.com/questions/183/… –  jcolebrand Feb 7 '11 at 15:51
@dranchestern: yeah, thanks –  nyuszika7h Feb 7 '11 at 15:53
Oh, that looks much better with @Simon's image. On my IE8 (hahahahaha, oh self-deprecation, and naturally not going to be a problem for Apple users), it looks... actually quite horrendous, so I was for the longest time wondering why one would ever want it... –  Grace Note Feb 7 '11 at 15:56
Thanks for the image, @Simon! –  nyuszika7h Feb 7 '11 at 15:57
I will make my vote depend on whether this breaks Pesto's castle. (Edit: It kind of works! and looks .... interesting.) –  Pëkka Feb 7 '11 at 16:15
(Not sure if I should upvote as I detest the current rendering, or not as I don't like the usage of <kbd> at all, no matter what rendering is used...) –  Arjan Feb 7 '11 at 16:37
@Pekka, link? Or did you just use a Markdown preview? –  Pops Feb 7 '11 at 17:31
@Popular the latter. This issue needs careful evaluation from a castle-building point of view. Before that, it cannot move forward. –  Pëkka Feb 7 '11 at 17:43
For those who are too lazy to create one themselves: screenshot of the chiclet castle! –  Pops Feb 7 '11 at 17:49
@Popular - The princess is certainly NOT in THAT castle. –  Adam Davis Feb 7 '11 at 18:26
@Polly she could be in the left (uncollapsed) half. –  Pops Feb 7 '11 at 18:27
And @Polly it could be restored with relative ease. –  Pëkka Feb 7 '11 at 19:08
Next week, on Extreme Makeover: Castle Edition... –  Pops Feb 7 '11 at 19:36

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No. The update to AskDifferent makes <kbd>-enclosed things look like Apple keys, which is fine for an Apple site, but shouldn't replace the default network-wide.

The new one is pretty, I'll give you that... but the goal isn't to make something that looks exactly like a real key on a real keyboard. The goal is to effectively communicate that the text is supposed to represent a keyboard key. Function should trump aesthetics here.

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Hmm, I've wondered about that… but still, it's so nice! –  nyuszika7h Feb 7 '11 at 15:51
So you think I should ask different? :P –  nyuszika7h Feb 7 '11 at 16:11
Upvoted. Sometimes function should prevail over form. It's ugly, but defines better what a key is –  Thomas Joulin Feb 7 '11 at 16:20
Can anyone give any example of a keyboard that looks like the current rendering? Even Microsoft's on-screen keyboard shows rounded keys: vista, 7? –  Arjan Feb 7 '11 at 16:36
@Arjan My old keyboards definitely do. My current DELL keyboard is close with the same shape of keys, but it's black with white text. It strikes me as quicker to understand, much like the fact that "Save" icons are still floppy disks. –  Grace Note Feb 7 '11 at 16:40
Just to be sure, @Grace: we're talking about this rendering, right? (Chrome on a Mac; not much different, if at all, on my other browsers.) –  Arjan Feb 7 '11 at 16:44
@Arjan Yes, quite. The R-9DH has a shinier interface not unlike the Mac, but this keyboard here definitely looks like a white-on-black version of that. –  Grace Note Feb 7 '11 at 16:46
I didn't say it looked like a key; I said that it was clear what it's supposed to represent. I mean, have you ever actually seen this through binoculars? –  Pops Feb 7 '11 at 17:30
@PopularDemand you took the words out of my mouth. –  Jin Feb 7 '11 at 17:36
To me, the current rendering denoting a keyboard is really only clear because of the text inside it. And I hardly ever need that formatting to understand the context. But, it does make my eyes sad. ;-) –  Arjan Feb 7 '11 at 17:56
Hmm, did anyone try to fix Pesto's castle? –  nyuszika7h Feb 7 '11 at 19:29
The current rendering looks almost identical to the keys on my IBM Model M. I don't know what you people are talking about. –  Cody Gray Mar 26 '12 at 23:45

No, because chiclet keyboards suck are inferior to full travel keyboards in terms of tactile feedback.

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@whoever downvoted - Ok wiseguy, show me a chiclet keyboard that is arguably better than a good regular keyboard. ;-) –  Adam Davis Feb 7 '11 at 18:25
I didn't downvote, but the tactile feedback that's most important to me is the little bumps on F and J. I'm used to the "chiclet" keyboard and find the amount of travel in the keys sufficient to determine if I have pressed them or not. My keyboard has several qualities I find desirable: it's durable, thin, and quiet. Those are objective qualities that make it arguably better. Keyboard preference is subjective. –  ghoppe May 14 '12 at 19:07

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