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Right now to emphasize text we have three options.

Sometimes a little bit of controlled background-color might help to break large answers out into sections. For example, in this answer I'm talking about two distinct things, and I've interleaved the discussion. I think a bit of color highlighting would help to make the answer more clear:

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It wouldn't be an all out color wheel. But I actually had in mind one highlight color (based on site theme) that could be used. So on meta, it would be some light colored variation of (108,0,0) (crimson)

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I like this in theory, but people can't even manage to use bold or italics sensibly right now. – Flexo Sep 17 '12 at 13:38
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...let alone marking things as code when they are obviously not. – Bart Sep 17 '12 at 13:51

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