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Reading the question "Can we have proper italics rather than slanted text?", it seems that proper italics are impractical with a sans-serif font.

However, I still feel that the slant is a bit much; can something be done about this please?

  • Or a working italic, emm, slantic (?) correction … – Speravir Jan 22 '14 at 0:39
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Apparently, it is possible to at least try to control the amount of slant using CSS3 skew transforms, but honestly, I wouldn't want to try it — even if it works, it's likely to look pretty horrible on most browsers.

It seems much safer to stick to plain old font-style: italic and just let the browser / OS font renderer implement it as best as it can, given the available fonts.

What we (or, rather, the SE designer(s)) could do is switch from the current Lucida Grande / Lucida Sans / Tahoma font stack to some other set of font families that actually have proper italic / oblique faces rather than relying on automatic slanting. I'm not going to offer any specific suggestions, but there should be several reasonable choices available on most systems.

  • ... I don't suppose the automatic slanting is guided by font metadata? – SamB Jan 22 '14 at 22:41

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