I want a verbatim environment with gray background color and italics(bold fonts may be used also). The \lstlisting can set background but can't set italics. The \mdframed combined with \alltt can make both of background color and italics available but will not break lines automatically. I can't find any other ways to do it. Hope someone can help me, thanks!

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  • If you need italics and bold, do you really need verbatim, do you need an italic monospaced font? Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 8:36
  • I want to use italic in a verbatim environment. But in some occasions, I just use bold font to stress something. So the bold is not necessary, but the italic with verbatim is what I need.
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you can change the font used by standard verbatim by redefining \def\verbatim@font{\normalfont\ttfamily} but mostly verbatim assumes you are going to use monospace font you could use


but monospace italic is fairly horrible to read, so you could switch to


but that doesn't preserve column alignment (so isn't as verbatim as it could be)

In either case use


as in the default OT1 encoding verbatim only works with tt font (in other OT1 encoded fonts ascii characters such as < typeset as Spanish inverted punctuation signs)

  • what about the gray background?
    – DrBeco
    Commented Nov 7, 2021 at 4:30

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