Italics get used to express important semantic meaning, so unicode should support them

Ken Whistler kenwhistler at
Fri Dec 11 12:42:52 CST 2020

On 12/11/2020 4:57 AM, Christian Kleineidam via Unicode wrote:
> Create a new unicode character for begin/end italic formatting and 
> begin/end bold formatting that works like the unicode character for 
> the Right-to-Left switch.

<i>...</i> and <b>...</b>

Yeah, they are sequences of 3 (or 4) existing characters, and not single 
code points, but they accomplish what you are asking for and they work 
everywhere on the web already.

Nobody would thank you for introducing yet *another* form of scoped 
markup for the same effects that would take years to be picked up 
(inconsistently) in thousands of implementations, and which would 
introduce yet more possibilities for conflicts in dueling schemes for 
markup in text.


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