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Code blocks not using fixed-width font family in Firefox

Code blocks are not rendered using a fixed-width font in Firefox 99 64-bit Ubuntu. A screenshot of the issue for this post (left is using Chrome, and right is using Firefox): The issue is caused by ...
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The code used in code blocks for Stack Overflow has changed after I installed some new fonts on my system. How can I change it back?

I was installing and testing new fonts in my macOS for use in Visual Studio Code. After I was finished with that, I noticed the font has changed in Stack Overflow code blocks to one I do not prefer. ...
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How can I change the fonts of the code snippets in Stack Overflow back to Consolas?

I've installed the Windows Terminal from Microsoft Store and, together with it, the Cascadia Code font family (mono and code) in my system, but I don't use them. Since then, the snippets on Stack ...
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Has there been a recent font change? [duplicate]

I just noticed that the font looks completely different in two places: In code blocks and inline code. In the editor (old and new). Maybe it's just me but this font sort of looks "funny". ...
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Code blocks and markup font looks bolder because of Cascadia Mono - is this intentional?

I'm not sure if it's related to the system font change: On the last few days, the font in code blocks and markups (as in the window where I'm writing this question) became bolder on my home PC (left ...
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Letter descender issue on Contact page

There is a letter descender issue in the Meta Stack Exchange Contact page's, list of options in the "What can we help you with?" dropdown list under the "Contact Support". ...
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Letter descenders cut off using full site on Safari

Some of the descenders on words on the home page are cut off. For example the ‘g’s in the picture below. I’m using the full site on Safari running on iOS 14.6.
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Is the "Segoe UI" font reverted on Windows OS?

Until yesterday I saw that the "Segoe UI" font was used on Meta Stack Exchange due to the recent font change: We are switching to system fonts on May 10, 2021. But now I can see "Arial&...
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Are fonts going to be fixed? [duplicate]

There is some weird silence since the announcement of the font change. There are 30% of unhappy users, who downvoted the announcement. Isn't it enough to act? Will there be any kind of reaction to my ...
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The Stack Overflow front page is hard to read now (too little contrast)

For some reason, the front page of Stack Overflow is difficult to read now. There is much less contrast between the text and the white background, which requires that I really concentrate to read the ...
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Vertical aligment issues with new "system" fonts, particularly in tags

I'm noticing (small but annoying) issues in the vertical aligment of texts inside tag boxes, since the switch to the new system fonts. I'm using Chrome 90.0.4430.212 with Windows 10. In this example, ...
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Descenders are clipped with new fonts

With the new font change today, descenders are clipped in edit boxes in Chrome, Windows 10. The letters I've typed into the search and title boxes are are g and q (in that order), which look nearly ...
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Add the font changes as options in our preferences

Recently, SE switched to system fonts which, for many users, has caused a design problem that affects the readability and accessibility. The new fonts seem to complement only certain browsers and ...
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Vote count minus signs not readable in Segoe UI

The recent UI update which changed Stack Overflow's fonts to system defaults makes negative vote counts very hard to read on Microsoft Windows (in its Segoe UI font): How could Microsoft chose such a ...
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We are switching to system fonts on May 10, 2021

Update 3 - The changes from round 2 are live, but with one notable exception: On Linux, we spec’d “Liberation Sans” and “Liberation Mono”. Did some digging on that PR and installed a few Linux VMs and ...
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Names of certain sites are cut off in the sites page icons

In the sites page (grid view), the names of Software Quality Assurance & Testing and ExpressionEngine® Answers in the icons are cut off. These sites have less users, questions and traffic when ...
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Large Fonts Are Not Consistent in Stack Exchange iOS App [duplicate]

Self explanatory on picture App Version: 1.6.6.2 Device: Unknown (iPhone10,4) OS Version: Version 13.6.1 (Build 17G80)
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Warning when using φ and ϕ in the same post

The symbols φ and ϕ (both lowercase phi) are swapped in many fonts and this is problematic on Stack Exchange. See here. Therefore, users should see a warning when they use both symbols in the same ...
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Why do Chemistry and Physics SE use text numbers instead of lining numbers?

[N.B.: I use a Mac, but I'm assuming the following is not Mac-specific.] I've noticed that, font-wise, SE sites can be divided into two categories: 1) Those that employ a sans-serif font (e.g., TeX ...
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Does the silver badge count have a different font weight or size than the bronze one on MSE?

I was looking at my badges here on MSE. It appears to me the silver badge count has a different font-weight / font-size then the bronze badge count and the reputation. I tried looking at the sites ...
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Why do stack sites use different fonts?

I just found that the Stack Overflow font is bigger than the font on math.stackexchange. Look at last lines on two images. math.stackexchange: Stack Overflow: Why do they use different fonts?
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Font rendering issues in mobile app

While browsing the codegolf hot question today, I noticed that the font rendering had some issues. Check the screenshots below: (in app) (in browser)
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Rendering bugs with smart quotes in default font stacks

SUMMARY: The default font stacks using the old 1990s Microsoft fonts don’t work well because of collisions with smart quotes. Those font stacks all need adjusting, and quite possibly should be served ...
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Bring back site-specific fonts to the new design

For example, English Language & Usage's updated site theme is ready for testing! is perceived badly, where one of the reasons were the old design looking old-fashioned, including the Serif ...
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Ransom-note problems with IPA and Greek under new font stacks

When you stitch together letters from multiple typefaces, your text begins to resemble a ransom note that pastes together cut-outs from different newspapers and magazines:                             ...
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Unchanging font size, leading, and measure are incompatible with dynamics of responsive design

The new Responsive-Design theme doesn’t work for small viewports — nor for very large ones either! In the new, would-be “responsive” design, the actual font size used does not vary as a function of ...
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Why do some parts of the standard theme use different fonts than the rest of the site?

We've been asked why different parts of the responsive design site theme have noticably different fonts on some sites: As you can see, the logo and the question titles are in a serif font and ...
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Fonts and the new Q&A theming

When we first announced the plan for our new theming (see post for the gory details) we hadn't fully thought through the implications around fonts. The community kindly pointed out this failure in ...
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Please bring back monospace fonts for the Markdown editor [duplicate]

When editing a question or answer (on multiple websites, including Stack Overflow, Code Review, and Database Administrators), the Markdown editor uses proportional fonts. This is extremely annoying ...
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Italic not shown in off-topic reasons on closed/on-hold banner on mobile

I saw a question on Electrical Engineering closed on my laptop: Later I switched to my Android phone and checked the same question on the browser: Hmmm, the italic on words use and design is ...
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Undisplayed characters on title on Android app

This question on Math.SE has a title: Prove that the particular function $𝑥^3 +𝑒^𝑥$, is continuous at 𝑥 = −1. and some of the characters are not displayed properly. App Version: 1.0.95 Device ...
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Copying and pasting reduces the text size

Copying and pasting some text in the question body reduces the text size in editor. Preview doesn’t show any difference. App Version: 1.7.0.1 Device: Unknown (iPad7,3) OS Version: Version 11.0 (...
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How to change all fonts on Stack Exchange sites?

I'm not asking SE to change its fonts. I think people are misreading my post. I just want help on changing fonts on my own PC because I always customise things I use a lot; my car, my phones, my PC ...
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Can we use the native font instead of Arial for Stack Exchange sites?

First of all, I'm a bit allergic to default fonts like Arial, Times New Roman etc. You already are aware that, all the Stack Exchange sites (except a few) recently switched to the default fonts: ...
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Some characters not rendering in code blocks

I have noticed on the mobile site that many characters do not render in code blocks. For example: In a code block: Copied out of a code block: From here
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Please consider Linux users when designing templates with the Georgia font

Rationale When considering the so-called "web safe fonts", Georgia is one of the most distinctive typefaces out there. This means that it cannot be easily dealt-with with a generic serif fallback ...
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Arial in front of font stack?

The current font stack on the SO main page is Arial, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif. I'm confused why anyone would put Arial in front? Arial is generally considered poorly readable, and ...
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What font is used in this Stack Overflow Careers ad?

I know Stack Overflow logo is using FF DIN. Now, what font is the word "Work on work you love. From home." in the below Careers ad?
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I'm rnevius (not mevius): A font kerning issue with usernames

My username is rnevius (r n e v i u s). However, on ~20% of the @replies I get, I am incorrectly referred to as mevius (m e v i u s). Example: You can even see this issue by looking at my username ...
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Name and reputation in the question list could use some spacing [duplicate]

The space between the name of the user and its reputation could use a little bit more. It seems to be less than the other text in there. Can my name have a little space please?
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Improve Feed readability

Since the latest update the android app's feed font changed. While the kerning is better and I personally like the lightweight L&F, I can see it becoming a problem on contrast-weak screens and for ...
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Would adding one font colour help?

An excessive palette of colours distracts, as per this answer. However, what of adding simply one more colour? 1 key reason: Suppose you're quoting a long text that already uses bolds and italics. ...
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How to write text in small font [duplicate]

I remember seeing some questions and answers in which some text was written in small fonts, but, I haven't found a matching tag in the whitelisted HTML tags. How did they do this?
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Fonts while viewing Stack Overflow appear strange in Google Chrome on Mac [closed]

The fonts looked great until this morning, when the font lost its bold style as you can see in the pictures. It used to be bold and now it is tiny, and plus, all code blocks in the pages looks ...
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Browser font settings not honoured on SE sites

Recently, it seems that Stack Exchange sites have stopped honouring my browser font settings. I use Firefox 33.0.2 on Linux, and have always chosen to disable the "Allow pages to choose their own ...
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Fonts on StackExchange websites looking ugly after installing Helvectica on PC [closed]

I installed Helvetica fonts on my PC and now all Stackexchange websites look ugly! Before them links at the top use to look very smooth and sharp! I still need Helvetica for my design work, so do ...
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What's the font used in Meta Stack Exchange logo?

The font used in Meta Stack Exchange exists or it was made specially for the site? If it exists, what's the font name? Thanks. Here's the logo itself:
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Monospaced question/answer editor on mobile

The iOS and Android apps, as well as the mobile website, use a text area with a proportional-width font for the question/answer editor. Please make them use fixed-width fonts, especially on ...
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Do we need less ambiguous question fonts?

While reading through various questions, I noticed that while in code, tags (e.g., iIl1) are pretty easy to distinguish; in the standard font for questions, they are not (YMMV, but for all ...
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Why is the mod diamond red for question titles in the iOS app? ♦

I know it must have something to do with fonts but if you look at this question in the iOS app, the diamond ♦ is red. On every other system the diamond shows up the same color as the rest of ...
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