Simple question:

Why is it that the response / question boxes have bold and italic functions, but no underline functions?

It's kind of a standard, basic thing right?

  • +1 Good thing to ask, even though the answer is "negative". Jul 13, 2013 at 20:31

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I think it's just a "web thing". Underlined text normally means a link while you're on the Internet, and violating that user expectation is A Bad Thing™. I was also taught not to use it in formal writing except for perhaps headings and such — supposedly if you really really have to emphasize something, you're supposed to use italics (bold at worst). (And while most browsers support <u>, it's deprecated and crappy.)

As usual I type up an answer and then go look for an official one ... turns out I'm right about the reasonings :P

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    Yes, I was just about to write my own answer when I followed that link. My usual explanation is that underline only exists because typewriters couldn't italicize.
    – NReilingh
    Jun 12, 2013 at 20:57
  • That makes sense - I completely forgot about that rule of user expectation! Thanks! Jun 13, 2013 at 5:23

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