Why you shouldn’t use special characters to simulate styling (bold/italics/small caps etc.)?

Let’s say you have a text to send as plain text.

You could write the title without any special markup (because we’re talking about the plain text), or you might choose a special effect such as:

  • Bold (serif): 𝐭𝐞𝐱𝐭
  • Italic Bold (serif): 𝒕𝒆𝒙𝒕
  • Double-Struck: 𝕥𝕖𝕩𝕥

The list can go on and on: ••¤(`× 🎀 𝓉𝑒𝓍𝓉 🎀 ×`(¤••

There are special websites to help you with this »

Why should you avoid this?

  • Portability – it might unreadable on some devices;
  • Searchability – it might make it difficult to search for such texts;
  • Accessibility – screen readers might have issues with such fonts;

In conclusion, for both users/search engines, these texts are to be avoided.

Details on these:

How to convert fake text to „normal” text?

Consider using a tool such as Normalize Unicode Text – Online Unicode Tools. (others »)

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