When I read this question, my first impulse was to search for the countless other questions about sans-serif fonts. "sans-serif" yields 57 search results, yet there is no tag. Would such a tag be useful (at least for potential questioners)?

Note that there's a tag that features 6 questions at the moment. And no, I don't want to flood the starting page by retroactively mass-retagging old questions. But maybe should be added to about a dozen questions with a high number of upvotes (or high-upvoted answers)?

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We've got 405 questions until now. Regarding this and the number of your search results I think it would be useful to support font family tags such as , or (synonym) and for questions which are about such a font family.

should be renamed to to represent the topic (including the \ttfamily declaration and more) instead of just a command.

There's no hurry, we can introduce the tags and let it grow. Who knows, at some time we might have also tags regarding the shape and the weight... ok, we already see 21 , 16 and 4 questions, so why not tags for the broader families.

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    BTW, we should possibly differentiate between {italic} (the font shape) and {italic-correction} (a very specific spacing problem in connection with {italic}).
    – lockstep
    Jun 14, 2011 at 20:25
  • Should it be {typewriter} or {monospace}?
    – Caramdir
    Jun 14, 2011 at 20:27
  • @lockstep: I know :-) that specific tag just gives a hint that an italic related tag is already in use.
    – Stefan Kottwitz Mod
    Jun 14, 2011 at 20:58
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    @Caramdir: I like monospaced more, however typewriter matches the LaTeX \ttfamily, \texttt better, typewriter typeface. In any case, one should be a synonym.
    – Stefan Kottwitz Mod
    Jun 14, 2011 at 21:05

I agree with Stefan's answer and have accepted it. , , , , , and seem useful tags to cover font families and font series/shapes.

A secondary effect of these (mostly) new tags seems to be that the scope of the tag is diminished: It should still be used for general questions about formatting, but may be dispensed with for questions about font families/series/shapes. I propose the following tag wiki excerpt for :

is for general questions about formatting document elements. Use this tag in addition to other tags specifying what should be formatted. For questions about font families (, , ) or font series/shapes (e.g. , , ), use the appropriate tag instead.

  • Yes, formatting shouldn't be used that much, if at all, so I think the wiki entry is ok. We could even add a tipp to think about if a better tag than the broad formatting, which doesn't really mean much, would be possible for the new question.
    – Stefan Kottwitz Mod
    Jul 5, 2011 at 17:27
  • I view {formatting} as a catch-all tag for questions where no specific tag (or too many of them) would be appropriate. Its use should be discouraged somewhat, but not as much as the use of {latex-project}.
    – lockstep
    Jul 5, 2011 at 17:31
  • @Stefan: Please create the {typewriter} tag, make {texttt} and {monospaced} synonyms of it and merge existing questions.
    – lockstep
    Jul 5, 2011 at 18:37
  • done. A quick search for monospaced still shows some questions without a typewriter/monospaced tag.
    – Stefan Kottwitz Mod
    Jul 5, 2011 at 20:59
  • @Stefan: I will retag them in the next days, and then start to look for questions to be tagged with {sans-serif}.
    – lockstep
    Jul 5, 2011 at 21:01

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