In modern texts, Italics can emphasise key points in a printed text. One manual of English usage described italics as "the print equivalent of underlining".
Calligraphy-inspired typefaces were first designed in Italy, to replace documents written in a handwriting style called chancery hand. As the illustration shows, there were flourishes copied from calligraphy. An alternative is oblique type: the type is slanted but the letterforms do not change shape: this less elaborate approach is used by many sans-serif typefaces.
Usage on the web
Using italic is usually used as a place holder for a blank piece of information. There are different ways in making a text italic.
In HTML, the editor can add the
<i> and the
</i> tags to make text surrounded by these tags italic.
In Wikitext, the editor can just add two apostrophes (
'') around the text to become italic.
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