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a style of typeface which slopes to the right and is thinner than roman, used for display, to emphasise a piece of text, or to show a difference from roman The headings can be printed in 9 point italic.

Italics are often used to emphasise a single word in a text.

COMMENT: As its name suggests, italic type was developed in Italy in the late 15th century, and was based on chancery script. It was originally used for complete texts, and only became used as a secondary face in the 18th century. True italic characters are designed to slope and match the roman characters for the same letters; they differ from them in design, however, notably the letters ‘a’ and ‘g’. Computer-generated italics are not true italics, but are roman characters which are made to slope sideways. They are known as sloped roman. When marking a MS or proof, italic is instructed by underlining the word or character with a single line.



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