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this is really a very inconsequential question, I'm just curious.

This is a comment on KOTH: A world wide pandemic:

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At least to my browser's rendering engine, there's a fairly clear difference between the struckthrough text and the other text: both font style and font size.

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As we can see, the comment's HTML attributes and CSS classes are identical to the one immediately preceding it.

What's going on here, and how can I post comments in fancy fonts?

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Those are special Unicode characters.

The “combining long stroke overlay” (U+0336) results in an unbroken stroke across the text

Incidentally, please don't do that. They show up absolutely horribly from my phone (from which I am posting this answer)...

... for a very questionable benefit.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh, I hadn't thought of that. I don't know why the poster decided to use such a character because last I checked, <s>strikethrough</s> works in comments, but perhaps not \$\endgroup\$ – cat Jan 29 '16 at 16:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ Clearly, not. :) \$\endgroup\$ – cat Jan 29 '16 at 16:53
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    \$\begingroup\$ @cat Comments are mini-markdown -- no HTML. \$\endgroup\$ – Doorknob Jan 29 '16 at 16:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ On my phone (via the app), it just renders the characters without the strikethrough. \$\endgroup\$ – Dan Henderson Jan 29 '16 at 20:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ And on Chrome for Android, using both mobile and desktop view. \$\endgroup\$ – Dan Henderson Jan 29 '16 at 20:20

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