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{italic} is specifically about making document elements italic (or removing this font attribute). For questions about {italic-correction}, use the tag of the same name. For general questions about formatting document elements, use {formatting} instead.

is specifically about making document elements italic (or removing this font attribute). For questions about , use the tag of the same name. For general questions about formatting document elements, use instead.

There are several different ways to get italic or italic-like text in LaTeX; see this question for discussion on when to use the different italic commands.

  • Italic is the default for roman letters in math.
  • To italicize text, one can use \textit{...}.
  • LaTeX also provides slanted text with \textsl{...}; rather than providing the differently shaped italic characters, slanted characters lean over to the right. See this answer for a discussion about the differences between italic and slanted text.
  • To use italics for emphasis, use \emph{...}. This behaves better inside other environments (e.g. an \emph inside an \emph switches back to roman).
  • The \itshape command switches italics on, which is useful for defining formatting, e.g. when using the package. The analogue for slanted text is \slshape.
  • \it is deprecated; don't use it.

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