Feature proposal: Typing with formatting
From UC Press
It would be helpful to be able to enter text with formatting. At present, one must type in text and then apply formatting in a separate step. When the cursor is place between text (i.e., between words), the formatting icons (ital, small caps, etc.) are greyed out. The only way to avoid having to add formatting separately is to highlight a space, turn on the formatting, and then starting typing. Awkward and not obvious.