This might be a tad off-topic, but I am looking for an English-specific answer.
When I’m using italic text to denote emphasis or a quotation, should the italicisation extend to the punctuation surrounding the italicised words? If the punctuation marks are not italicised, in most digital fonts the italic letters will crash horribly—or at least intrude awkwardly—into the Roman punctuation. It’s especially problematic with parentheses, and lowercase Fs. Since I don’t have the luxury of typesetting all of my documents in lead, I’ve taken to either italicising the punctuation, or inserting a thin space (for lowercase F) or a hair space (for other letters) before the closing punctuation.
- What is that? ⇒ What is that? ⇒ What is that ?
- Solid (or fluff). ⇒ Solid (or fluff). ⇒ Solid (or fluff ).
- (Good times!) ⇒ (Good times!) ⇒ (Good times !)
I know this is a nitpicky thing (hell, even I think so, and I’m the one asking), but is there a standard way to address it? Just because this is the internet, it doesn’t mean we need to totally disregard the typesetting facilities that are available.