Emphasis or Italic?

Jelks Cabaniss jelks at jelks.nu
Sat Apr 29 01:39:21 EDT 2006

Jon Noring wrote:

> That's the problem with italics and bold used in print -- they are

> used in a whole slew of ways, and oftentimes to discern why something

> is italicized requires understanding the context. If I were reading a

> book in an unknown language (and maybe using odd punctuation), it may

> be nigh impossible to figure out why something is emphasized. Now

> imagine a text-to-speech engine encountering some text which is marked

> up "italic". Is it a linguistic emphasis? Is it the name of a ship? Is

> it a title of a book?

[x]HTML doesn't have nearly as much "built-in" semantics as say the TEI, but
it does have `<cite>`, and I wish Markdown supported it.

For other "italics semantics", I suppose the best bet is microformats,
though that's still sub-optimal:

She went down on the <em class="shipname">Titanic</em>.



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