Emphasis

In typography, the use of variations in style to emphasize information. Although italic type is the most common means of emphasis, bold type is also effective (although should be used sparingly). Although underlining—the only means available on a typewriter—is redundant in typography, it is occasionally used for aesthetic or stylistic reasons. All caps can also be used. Variations on and combinations of the above are also possible, such as:

ALL CAPITALS

small capitals"]

Caps & Small Caps"]

Underlined

Italic

'ITALIC CAPS'

'italic small caps'

'Italic Caps & Small Caps'

Bold

BOLD CAPS

Bold Caps & Small Caps

bold small caps

Bold Italic

ITALIC BOLD CAPS

Italic Bold Caps & Small Caps

italic bold small caps

Some writers tend to use all of these forms of emphasis, sometimes in the same paragraph.

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