On StackOverflow the the font-size for text and code appears to be the same, but on CodeReview they're noticeably different.

It's a bit of an annoyance, because when the text font size is set to my preference (about 10pt.), the code appears to be 8pt. To read the code blocks comfortably, I have to adjust page zoom to make the text appear larger than I would like.

The effect becomes even more pronounced when inline code formatting is used in adjacency to a code block. Here's an example from one of my questions:

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Does anyone else find this annoying? Is this something that should be changed?

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    \$\begingroup\$ The font size in the code blocks on CR was reduced some time ago to better fit the larger blocks of code expected here. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 22, 2011 at 7:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ @BrianReichle If you'd like to add that as an answer, I'll mark it as accepted. \$\endgroup\$
    – Rob
    Commented Nov 25, 2011 at 0:19

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This was implemented as a partial quick-fix to a discussion I started a while back.

After this change, I found the average code samples a lot more readable, so I would argue to keep this change. However, more suitable (but more difficult) solutions can still be considered, which is why I didn't accept Jeff's answer.

Most modern web browser allow easy up and downscaling (e.g. ctrl + and ctrl -), which seems to be a more suitable solution for you.


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