Text-formatting summary

The page summarizes, and provides a quick reference for, many of the general text-formatting conventions covered elsewhere in the style guide.

Bold
Use bold formatting, <b> or **, for UI elements and at the beginning of notices.
Italic
Use italics formatting, <i> or _, when drawing attention to a specific word or phrase, such as when defining terms or using words as words.
Italicize titles of books, movies, web series, and other full-length works, unless they're part of a link. For more information, see cross-references.
Italicize parameter names. For example, when you refer to the parameters of a method like doSomething(Uri data, int count), italicize data and count.
Italicize mathematical variables. For example, x + y = 3.
Do not use italics for emphasis in HTML. Instead, use <em>. For Markdown, you can still use _ because Markdown doesn't allow semantic tagging.
Underline
Do not underline.
Code font
Use <code> in HTML or ` in Markdown to apply a monospace font and other styling to code in text, inline code, and user input.
Use code blocks, <pre> or ```, for code samples or other blocks of code.
Do not override or modify font styles inline.
Use code font to mark up code, such as class names, method names, HTTP status codes, console output, and placeholder variables.
Sentence case and capitalization
Use American English style for general capitalization. Use sentence case in all headings, titles, and navigation.
Quotation marks
In general, use American English style when punctuating quotations.
For titles of shorter works—such as articles or episodes in a web series—put titles in quotation marks, unless they're part of a link.
Font type, size, and color
Do not override global styles for font type, size, or color.
Use semantic HTML to control the style of text on a page. For example, use code tags, <code> or `, instead of manually styling text with a monospace font.
Other punctuation conventions
Don't use ampersands (&) as conjunctions or shorthand for and. Use and instead. That includes headings and navigation. Exception: It's okay to use & in cases where you need to refer to a UI element or the name of a menu that uses &.
Put quotation marks and end punctuation outside of link text.