Website Writing Guide

Punctuation

Use of italics

The following should be in italics:

  • newspaper titles – Sydney Morning Herald
  • ships, aircraft and trains – HMAS Sydney, Southern Cross
  • scientific names of plants and animals - Eucalyptus
  • books, paintings, sculptures, plays and operas – Romeo and Juliet
  • foreign words in text.

Italics may also be used to show emphasis and to present quotes, but this is up to the judgement of the writer. Be careful not to over-use italics because a page dotted with too many words in italics can be distracting.

 

Other topics in this section

Home Guide | Basic punctuation rules | Lists - bullets, numbers, hyperlinks | Capitals |
Hyphens
| Abbreviations | Web page addresses | Italics | Quotations | Numbers |
Dates and times
| Citing references |

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