On this page, you’ll learn:
How to italicize text in AsciiDoc.
Where to modify your site’s italic text styling.
Text is often italicized in order to stress a word or phrase, quote a speaker, or introduce a term. Italic type slants slightly to the right, and depending on the font, may have cursive swashes and flourishes.
A word or phrase is marked as italic when it is enclosed in a single set of underscores (
_word_) (constrained formatting).
Bounded characters are marked as italic when they’re enclosed in a set of double underscores (
char__act__ers) (unconstrained formatting).
Bounded characters are characters that are:
directly preceded by a non-whitespace character, or
directly followed by a non-whitespace character.
You don’t need to use double underscores when an entire word or phrase marked as italic is directly followed by a common punctuation mark, such as
An italic _word_, and an italic _phrase of text_. Italic c__hara__cter__s__ within a word.
The result of Example 1 is displayed below.
An italic word, and an italic phrase of text.
Italic characters within a word.
Mixing italic with other formatting
You can add multiple emphasis styles to italic text as long as the syntax is placed in the correct order.
`*_monospace bold italic phrase_*` & ``**__char__**``acter``**__s__**``
Monospace syntax (
`) must be the outermost formatting set.
Bold syntax (
*) must be outside the italics formatting set.
Italic syntax is always the innermost formatting set.
The result of Example 2 is displayed below.
monospace bold italic phrase &
How italic text appears on your site depends on the fonts loaded by your UI and any CSS styles applied to the
<em> HTML tag.
You can learn more about customizing how italic text appears in your site in the UI documentation.