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What is italic?
Seven examples


My own writing is squeezed. That's how I like it. It’s also haphazard, which is too much trouble to put right

Largely italic

Don't write the way I do. Write your own way

C lassical italic has many fine traits. One is the bottom serif of the letter k. Another is a swash on a terminal (end of a word) letter e. These two serve no useful purpose that I know. But when I sling them in I remember my betters four hundred years ago. They, too, liked the useless and extravagant.

Short ascenders and descenders allow me dense text. Condensed writing makes it darker, even with a narrow pen nib. Small, wide capitals do interfere with an even texture. That’s all right. I don't mind breaking up the text.