An emphasis gobbles the following space (or does not add some needed additional space),

text *text*  text <em>text</em>  text 


text text text text text

(I can't use \␣ here...) Interestingly, at meta.stackexchange this does not happen. Is it possible to correct this, please?

The "**" is used automatically when the enter image description here "Emphasis <em> Ctrl+I" button is used.

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    what you're asking for, in other words, is an automatic italic correction. i agree totally. Jun 20, 2012 at 13:11
  • @barbarabeeton: Yes. When \textit{} has it, why should ** not have it?
    – Stephen
    Jun 20, 2012 at 17:00
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    Isn't that more of a bug (or missing feature) in the rendering engines of browsers?
    – Caramdir
    Jun 20, 2012 at 23:29
  • @Caramdir: Could be. Is there any browser which displays this right (i.e. with italic correction)?
    – Stephen
    Aug 1, 2012 at 17:24
  • No layout engine but TeX, AFAIK, has the notion of italic correction, but probably it can be emulated with some CSS voodoo. Dec 15, 2012 at 15:40
  • I normally add a &thinsp; after the italic text. Dec 15, 2012 at 23:52
  • (If I understand you comment about \␣:) On that node, &nbsp; includes a normal-width but non-breakable space that will not be gobbled (~). Anyway, I miss an italic correction, too. Dec 16, 2012 at 4:27


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