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Monospace font size fix

I remember that when writing the stylesheet for this website I had issues sizing the monospace font used for code snippets. Most usually it would show up very small compared to the rest of the text even though I wouldn’t set it to another font-size. That would happen only for the plain monospace font, not any other webfont or named font. Today I came across this webpage recommending the following CSS properties to fix the monospace font’s sizing on all browsers.

font-family: monospace, monospace;
font-size: 1em;

Sure enough, monospaced text renders with a much more harmonious size when its font is set to monospace, monospace… Sadly I can’t find a straight answer as to why this works.