There is a problem with code readability due to the font used on this site. It is not clear if the font is the same on all platforms, but on my computer (OS X)
f[a_, α_] := α + a^2
Here it is in double size.
The problem is that the italic and the upright versions of
a look considerably different, making it hard to match up the pattern name on the LHS with the value on the RHS.
I found that this threw me off-balance in questions like this. While this is the first time I noticed this, I found it quite confusing. I am not sure if the font has changed recently or if it always has been like this.
There is a style difference in
g too, but that is not nearly as irritating to me, probably because there isn't a distinct character that it can be confused with. In the case of
a, it is easy to confuse with the Greek
Does anyone else find this to be a problem? Can anything be done about this, such as changing the stylesheet of the site?