I visited the http://english.stackexchange.com recently and I couldn't but feel jealous at the nice italic font used over there. At this site, which is much closer to typography we have a slanted font! Can the designers reconsider?

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    I might add that our type is a bit too slanted...
    – SamB
    Jan 27, 2011 at 16:36

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The problem is that there is no italic variant of Lucida Sans.

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    Throwing in my 2¢ here... I would love to see a serif typeface here instead of Lucida Sans. As much as I love the Lucida family (I've used Lucida Console for almost 15 years in terminal windows), the use of a sans-serif typeface here on TeX.sx frankly just doesn't feel very TeX-like to me. I don't know how people feel about Palatino, but I think that might work well here. Anything other than Times! Feb 4, 2012 at 20:06
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    @Todd I for one would not like a serifed font face. The current sans serif look is very clean. What looks good on paper doesn't necessarily look good on a web page, IMO.
    – Alan Munn
    Feb 4, 2012 at 21:03
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    I guess I'm spoiled by the Mac UI (amazing font rendering and everything looks great on the screen). Feb 4, 2012 at 23:37
  • Wikipedia lists several Humanist sans-serif fonts with true italics. Feb 5, 2012 at 17:22
  • @ToddLehman I'm also using a Mac, so that's not the source of my disagreement.
    – Alan Munn
    Feb 5, 2012 at 19:01

No, since talic sans-serif fonts are rare and TeX.sx uses a sans-serif font (of which there is no sans-serif variant).

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    I suggest to check, e.g., Myriad, a sans-serif font with a real italic variant.
    – lockstep
    Feb 5, 2012 at 17:13
  • @lockstep: I edited my answer: they are rare. Feb 5, 2012 at 17:16
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    How about something like Georgia?
    – yannisl
    Feb 5, 2012 at 17:30

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