It would be nice if italics were possible in question titles; is there a reason why we aren't able to?

  • Why the downvote? Is the answer so obvious?
    – Daniel
    Jul 25, 2011 at 15:58
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    Downvoting on Meta indicates disagreement. Probably someone who doesn't want italics in titles.
    – Kit Z. Fox Mod
    Jul 25, 2011 at 17:36

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Question titles are likely to end up in place where formatting is in-appropriate or technically impossible such as news feeds, the multi-colider, popup question notifiers, chat messages, etc. If a given title relies on formatting clues to make sense the alternate display locations will be less usable. It is better to rely on punctuation and good phrasing to make the title clear.

  • I didn't even think about where the titles sometimes end up - thanks for the info!
    – Daniel
    Jul 25, 2011 at 15:57
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    the math / physics sites have this issue as well, though it's arguably more defensible. Even there we encourage people to avoid "all math markup" titles when possible. Jul 25, 2011 at 23:33

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