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?

  • TBH I find the new version harder to read, though the fact that it works more often is a definite plus. May 10, 2012 at 15:29
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    I prefer the old ones...
    – Shinrai
    May 11, 2012 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 Mod
    Nov 25, 2014 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, 2015 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.


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  • This would fit well with our overall 16-bit-esque theme
    – Robotnik Mod
    Mar 3, 2015 at 2:49

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.

  • 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 Mod
    Mar 3, 2015 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 Mod
    May 18, 2015 at 23:39

Fix this castle! (shamelessly robbed from here). It looks better than the old style castle anyways.



















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



















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