This might be a little OT, but I'm curious about this: in the TeXbook the excercises 4.1 and 4.2 mention the italic correction needed in some cases. One such case is:
Since TeX is only interested in the bounding boxes for fonts it naturally cannot know which fonts have italic correction in their shapes. But as TeX is all about clean separation of content from the presentation, why am I required to do such manual typographical adjustments when using fonts such as Computer Modern?
Shouldn't TeX do the adjustment automatically when it meets a certain combination of (its own) fonts and characters? To me this feels like Knuth is violating his own principle of messing with manual formatting as little as possible. If I have misunderstood the need for typing
\/ all the time, please enlighten me.
In any case, is it possible to automatize italic correction when
\it etc. clash?