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Recently, <kbd> tags on the trilogy sites and I think Apple as well were updated to look less ugly.

screenshot - kbd old style vs. screenshot - kbd new style

I am in favor of less ugly. Can we have it to match our sweet new design?

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  • TBH I find the new version harder to read, though the fact that it works more often is a definite plus. – Matthew Read May 10 '12 at 15:29
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    I prefer the old ones... – Shinrai May 11 '12 at 17:54
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    This hasn't been actioned nor [status-declined], and the two answers are joke answers at best... Do we need to poke some people over at SE? – Robotnik Nov 25 '14 at 6:36
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    We're in the process of updating arqade's LESS(CSS) soon and I'll add this change in. – Jin Mar 2 '15 at 3:20
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Can we have <kbd> to be made to look more like arcade buttons? Most of the time it's used it's for a single character at a time.

E.g.:

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jsfiddle

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  • This would fit well with our overall 16-bit-esque theme – Robotnik Mar 3 '15 at 2:49
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Down with the new-style <kbd>! Keep the old one! Or at least keep the serif font!

The biggest appeal of the kbd tag is that it's completely unambiguous: press 1, then I, then l, and Dwarf Fortress will do something clever and/or terrible. Switching that to a sans-serif font makes those keys unclear, and <kbd> should be utterly beyond confusion.

I would be fine with changing the border around the letter to take up a bit less space, but using a sans-serif font is just wrong. We theoretically could force all letters to upper-case, but it's still going to be ambiguous when an "I" shows up by itself in an answer, and there's no other hint that all keyboard entries are upper-case.

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  • Ah, I now get what you mean, so I have removed my downvote. Ran some tests on Meta.SE if anyone's interested (feel free to edit and play around): meta.stackexchange.com/a/250518/179041 – Robotnik Mar 3 '15 at 1:26
  • Dunno if they updated the font, but on mobile at least, I 1 and l are all showing up with serif font – Robotnik May 18 '15 at 23:39
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Fix this castle! (shamelessly robbed from here). It looks better than the old style castle anyways.

                                                                                   
                                                                    





                               
                                                                                  

                                                                            

                                                                                  

                                                                                  

                                                                                  

                                                                                                                            

                                                                                   

                                                                                         

                                                                                    

                                                                                           

                                                                                                 

                                                                                                       

                                                                                             

                                                                                                       

                                                                                            

                                                                                                        

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But then we would not have an awesome KBD castle. And that would be WRONG.                                                                                          

                                                           

                                                         

                                                                              

                                                                              

                                                                              

                                                                                                   

                                                      

                                                        

                                                      

                                                                    

                                                                         

                                                                                 

                                                                             

                                                                                 

                                                                             

                                                                                 

OUR PRINCESS IS IN ANOTHER CASTLE!

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