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As the newest generation of Stack Exchange sites are launched, one thing I'm envious of is the font style used for coding blocks.

Consider the following program here:

#include <stdio.h>

main()
{
  printf("Hello World");
}

Compared to the same program on, say, DBA or Code Review:

Clean fonts for code

While we don't get a lot of code, the new code style is easier to read and would provide a bit of a contrast to the rest of the text.

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    Agreed - I don't think we need the syntax highlighting though, as that would only encourage people to post more code. – ChrisF Aug 16 '11 at 22:52
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    I like the syntax highlighting though. It might not be necessary, but it makes the code look nicer. – BlackJack Aug 17 '11 at 0:30
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    @ChrisF: I like the syntax highlighting. Makes the code less visually bland. – Josh K Aug 17 '11 at 3:14
  • The font at Code Review is the same as Programmer's. Be honest: you can't tell the difference. – seriousdev Aug 20 '11 at 15:47
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    @sexyprout the font's the same, but the font size is 12px on DBA/Code Review and 14px here. – user8 Aug 20 '11 at 18:17
  • I asked for this on SO but the idea was kicked into the long grass. Some of these Object-C code snippets we get there would benefit from a smaller fonts. :( – Kev Aug 22 '11 at 23:04
  • The difference between the 2 examples is the font size. On newer sites I decreased the code text size to 12px. Are you asking for a size change? The background colors are a bit different, but only slightly. #eeeeee vs #f3f3f3 – Jin Jan 26 '12 at 15:52
  • @Jin Yeah, a change in size. The smaller size adds a bit of contrast to the surrounding text and helps mitigate some of the sideways scrolling found in larger code blocks. The shading seems fine (didn't even notice the difference). – user8 Jan 26 '12 at 16:02
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I have decreased the code block font size. This change will be deployed after our next production build.

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