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Hey all,

I assume this is a CSS question. Forgive me if I am wrong.

Is there something in CSS that determines the slant of the italics?

I have seen different websites, with the same font, but seemingly varying degrees of slant on the italics.

So, I am looking to alter this parameter on my own site. If possible.
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by:Jason C. Levine
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Yes, there are two types of italics in CSS: italics and oblique:

http://www.w3schools.com/cssref/pr_font_font-style.asp
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by:käµfm³d 👽
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Technically speaking, though, italics and oblique are different things.
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by:Jason C. Levine
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Technically speaking, that's true.  However:

It doesn't really matter at the end of the day with lots of fonts.
ToMAYto, toMAHto.
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by:Gareth Gudger
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So is there a way to modify the lean of the italic? I am using WordPress and switched Themes and it renders my italics differently than before. Although it is still using the same font. If it's the same font, I assume they have modified the degree at which the italics lean. Like you can modify say font weight.
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by:Jason C. Levine
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Right click and Inspect Element from the browser on an italicized section.  What does the CSS say?
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by:Gareth Gudger
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Hmm nothing out of the ordinary. Maybe it is just the font renders differently in this Theme. Its the Lato font. Maybe my old WordPress theme (Twenty-Fourteen) was doing something to the font and this one doesn't.

Check one of my articles. You can see the lean on some of these <em> is very pronounced.
https://supertekboy.com/2015/02/16/windows-process-activation-service-will-not-start-error-13-the-data-is-invalid/
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by:Jason C. Levine
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There's nothing special there.  The font is from a standard family, the effect is standard italics.  Your bold is very heavy (font-weight: 700) so I think you are seeing an optical illusion from the effect of the boldfacing.

In unrelated news, you're spending waaaaaaaaay too much time examining the typeface :)
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Chris Stanyon earned 2000 total points
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This is an example of where italics and obliques are NOT the same.

In your page, you are using the Lato Normal 400 from Google Fonts - when you ask for it to be in italics, your browser will oblique it - it has no other option!!

If you want it to look correct, then include Lato Italic 400 as well, and then when you ask for italics, your browser will actually use the italic version of the font, which isn't as slanted.

<link href='http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Lato:400,400italic' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'>

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by:Gareth Gudger
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Chris that's it! You are a genius. Now if only I could assign you more than these mere 500 points. Thanks to everyone else as well.

For WordPress users reading this. This is under your child theme's functions.php file.
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by:Jason C. Levine
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For WordPress users reading this. This is under your child theme's functions.php file.

Not necessarily.
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by:Gareth Gudger
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Good to know.
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