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No. Any alteration in the regular text is going to emphasize it. Even if you reduce the size of the font, it is going to grab the user's attention because it is just different. I am not convinced that the use of italics here is to deemphasize. When you look at "Yesterday at 2:00:00 PM - Today at 1:00:00 PM" - that doesn't tell you the duration. It tells you ...


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There is no rationale to the best of my knowledge. It's a convention — one that's different in different places. For example in the UK it's much more common to see spaces or thin-spaces around em-dashes, or a spaced en-dash used instead of the closed em-dash. Long discussion on variations and what different style guides say at ...


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It's a well established recommendation for publications containing masses of continuous text to use hyphenation. Nope. It's a well established recommendation for publications on paper containing masses of continuous text to use hyphenation. Even on paper you will find a bunch of style guides that recommend against it. Remember that the one of the ...



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