Stack Overflow and most (all?) other sites got a pretty kbd style not so long ago.

Will this eventually be propagated to Unix & Linux, or are we sticking with the old one on purpose?

Sample hypothetical before/after renderings (Chromium 19):


old pretty


In a text block before:

old2

After:

pretty2


Can we get the fancy <kbd>, pretty please?

I mean, this doesn't really look good, does it?

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Any news on this front? The biggest problem with the old kbd styling that we currently still have is that they are too large and don't fit in well with surrounding text. Dense usage typical of posts about keyboard shortcuts (which is what kbd tags are for right?) ends up looking like a cramped mess. Semantically kbd tags make more sense but I am sorely tempted to just ignore them and use normal code markup instead, in the interest of readability. –  jw013 Oct 3 '12 at 20:43
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This is getting ridiculous... –  jasonwryan Oct 23 '12 at 17:01
    
No promises, but our designer is looking into it. –  Jaydles Mar 14 '13 at 15:05
    
@Jaydles: Thanks for the feedback! Expecting an answer in the usual 6-8 week timeframe :-) –  Mat Mar 14 '13 at 15:14
    
@Shog9: yay! Thanks a lot. –  Mat Apr 16 '13 at 7:28

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The nicely styled kbd tags are present in the mobile interface; surely it would not be difficult to migrate the CSS across to the main site?

Update This question presents a compelling argument for the change...

keyboard screenie

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This is because the mobile site has a common skin, whereas each site gets its own main skin--and SE forgot (or deliberately ignored to preserve the design) unix. –  Manishearth Jul 4 '12 at 20:08
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@Manishearth They forgot us?! :) –  jasonwryan Jul 4 '12 at 20:57
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:P Either that or they deliberately wanted the old look of the kbd on U&L. It does look appropriate here, to me :) –  Manishearth Jul 5 '12 at 1:51

With as "nuts & bolts" as Unix & Linux is, I don't think that the kbd format being a little "jarring" is a "bad thing".

It does kind of make the keyboard commands "pop out" at the user, which is a good thing if you're trying to walk through a guide for how to do something, and the keyboard commands help you keep your place.

I think I like keeping the old format.

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