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From: Mary Jane Smith <>
Subject: [APG] Re: APG-D Digest V03 #368
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2003 17:34:02 -0500
Dan Fantore asked about using italics in quoting a foreign language:
Placing foreign words in italics used to be the standard, but has fallen by
the wayside more recently. Today, italics are used more for emphasis or
perhaps to separate personal "Comments" from the text of a client report,
but I have to agree that an entire page of italics would be not only hard
on the eyes but difficult to read. Typefaces and levels of headings must
be used carefully and discretely to lead the reader through ones glorious
prose. Anything that interrupts the eye or causes the reader to stop and
question what they just read should be avoided.
At 01:00 PM 12/11/2003 -0700, you wrote:
>APG-D Digest Volume 03 : Issue 368
> #1 [APG] Italics for Foreign Language 
> #2 [APG] Important Question re Geneal [CynthiaSwope
> #3 RE: [APG] Italics for Foreign Lang ["Jerry Fitzpatrick"
> #4 RE: [APG] Important Question re Ge ["Elissa Scalise Powell, CGRS"
> #5 Re: [APG] Italics for Foreign Lang [Joan Lowrey
> #6 Re: [APG] Important Question re Ge [Ray Beere Johnson II
> #7 Re: [APG] Important Question re Ge ["Chad Milliner"
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>Subject: [APG] Italics for Foreign Languages & Comments/Discussion?
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>A reader of one of my reports questioned my use of italics. The report was
>on a document in Italian and so I italicized the transcription in Italian
>(nearly a page typed). I also italicized my comments in a discussion
>They thought so much italicizing was difficult on the eye. I believe
>italicizing foreign language words is common practice and see that the
>appendix in the
>BCG manual has a box that says "comments identified by label and typeface".
>Any thoughts on italics? Was I using them correctly?
>(P.S. I was so glad to read that others are also challenged by timely filing
>and cluttered desks.)
Mary Jane Frances Smith,