This is driving me absolutely bananas so I have to ask about it at this point. I created a post that contains multiple inline code tags containing the letter L in it's lowercase form. However, these lowercase Ls appear, at least visually, like they've been translated to uppercase:

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As a developer, I have myself assuming that this is an effect of the font used, and that it is by design. However, as an end user it's driving me up the wall... Is this a bug, or is this by design to ensure that readers can tell the difference between L and I? I noticed it doesn't happen here on meta.

Note: I purposely excluded the tag because it could be by design, which, I would absolutely understand. Once an answer confirms/denies this, the tag will be added or remain excluded as indicated by the confirmation/denial.

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    Related: What's the font used in code blocks?. It's likely the font. If you zoom in, the lower case l is slightly curved, and gives the appearance of being uppercased while normally zoomed Commented Jul 20, 2021 at 20:18
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    @Wondercricket I firmly believe it's a variance in font; however, my issue there is that the font family for code tags when inspected both here and on the primary site, is ff-mono. Meanwhile, the lowercase l doesn't curl here like it does on the primary.
    – Taco
    Commented Jul 20, 2021 at 20:35
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    I think it's related to how some fonts in that variable appear in italics, in particular. See l vs L vs l vs L
    – Unionhawk Mod
    Commented Jul 21, 2021 at 12:36

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At some point, this appears to have been... adjusted? I don't think its a fix, but rather a change.

At present, this is what your post looks like:

code tags from original post

It now looks more like l like Unionhawk mentioned.

Note: I am unsure if will render differently on different browser/systems. This is how it looks on my Windows 10 Chrome browser.


It does seem browser/system specific. On my Android devices Chrome browser, it looks like this:

android chrome image

It's different than my PC, but you can still tell in this case it's a lowercase L.

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    Might be font settings on OPs PC as well
    – Robotnik Mod
    Commented Jun 27 at 21:33
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    @Robotnik likely. Just looked on my android chrome browser, and they look different than my PC, but still not like what the OPs screenshot is (and still can tell it's definitely a lowercase l)
    – Timmy Jim Mod
    Commented Jun 28 at 0:48

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