Can someone tell me what is the font used by academia.SE?

It is very elegant.. Why it is not used throughout the stack exchange network?


This is a screenshot of what my browser renders.

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  • I added the design tag so the design team will see this question. It may take them some time, but hopefully they'll answer it.
    – eykanal
    Commented Jun 8, 2014 at 2:20
  • Which font? In the logo or in the text? Commented Jun 8, 2014 at 4:07
  • This actually depends on what is available on your computer. You can check the source code for the page to see what fonts might be used, but to see which one actually is used you'll have to cross-reference the list with what is available to your browser, and I don't know of an easy way to do that.
    – David Z
    Commented Jun 8, 2014 at 4:55
  • @eykanal thank you very much! I added a screenshot of the text I get
    – Ant
    Commented Jun 8, 2014 at 12:15
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    One way to answer questions like these it to use WhatTheFont!
    – JRN
    Commented Jun 10, 2014 at 1:18

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For me the font for regular texts is Open Sans, questions in the question list are in Museo Slab – identified with Opera’s and Firefox’s Inspect Element tool. I strongly suspect (but cannot verify it right now) that this is loaded as a web font¹, so it should be the same for you, as long as your browser supports web fonts. PS: Looking at your screenshot, it almost certainly is Open Sans.

As to why this is not used all over the network: A font font should match the design, tone and topic of the site. For example, English Language uses a slab-serif font, which I suspect to be a trade-off between readability and feeling a little bit historical (and thus matching the design of that site). Open Sans would not be a good choice for that site in my opinion, as it is too modern. Also, using the same font all over the place eventually gets boring².

¹ At least one other Stack Exchange uses a web font.
² I, for example, have set my browser to auto-replace Arial (and similar) with another font, just because I got so tired of it.

  • Great thank you.. I added a screenshot of the font, is that useful? By the way, what does web font mean exactly?
    – Ant
    Commented Jun 8, 2014 at 12:16
  • @Ant: I edited my answer accordingly. A web font is a font that is directly downloaded by your browser to be used on a web page. For example this page uses a web font to display a font that is most likely not installed on your computer.
    – Wrzlprmft Mod
    Commented Jun 8, 2014 at 12:24

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