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The Aldine Press Vergil of 1501, in italic
Arrighi's original italic typeface, c. 1527. At that time italic capitals had not yet been designed

Italic script and type has a long history. It was based on handwriting.

In typography, italic type is a cursive font based on a kind of calligraphic handwriting. Such letters normally slant slightly to the right.

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".[1]

Calligraphy-inspired typefaces were first designed in Italy, to replace documents written in a handwriting style called chancery hand.[2] 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[change | change source]

Using italic is usually used as a place holder for a blank piece of information.[3] There are different ways in making a text italic.

HTML[change | change source]

In HTML, the editor can add the <i> and the </i> tags to make text surrounded by these tags italic.[4]

Wikitext[change | change source]

In Wikitext, the editor can just add two apostrophes ('') around the text to become italic.[5]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Truss, Lynne (2004), Eats, shoots & leaves: the zero tolerance approach to punctuation, New York: Gotham Books, p. 146, ISBN 1-59240-087-6
  2. Updike D.B. 1927. Printing types: their history, form and use: volume 1, chapter 10. The Aldine italic, p124. Harvard University Press.
  3. Wikipedia:Requests for permissions - A blank section would have "None at the moment" as a place holder for no recent requests
  4. W3Schools tutorial on using <i> tags
  5. MediaWiki's help on making italic text