[OS X TeX] Boldface

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Sun Feb 13 13:13:09 CET 2005

On 13 feb 2005, at 1:52, Alexandre Enkerli wrote:

> Matt was asking:
>> How often do you apply boldface?
> Actually, quite often. The reason is, in using TeX for slides, 
> specific terms need to stand from the rest. Emphasis doesn't carry as 
> much weight. Maybe not that elegant but quite useful. Some of this 
> could be solved by rephrasing but one's allowed to be lazy, once in a 
> while. ;-)

In such cases I'd redefine the \emph command to produce boldface text, 
and use emphasise - because that is what you apply. Or define an 
\emphatic command instead. I've learned the hard way that introducing 
font-changing commands directly in your text is a bad idea.

> On the other hand, underlining is one formatting practice that WP 
> users overuse and that can be replaced by emphasis quite efficiently. 
> Especially in situations where underlined text could be confused with 
> links...

Certainly, there is a reason that underlining is pretty much hacked 
onto LaTeX later on, instead of being there from the start.
See http://www.tex.ac.uk/cgi-bin/texfaq2html?label=underline for a 
funny description of the situation.


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