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 "Emphasis <em> Ctrl+I" button is used.