Joachim Schrod writes:
> No, it's not standard. Emphasis is done with italics, as in every
> civilized country. In fact, the typesetter of the book in question
> should be calfatered, forced to listen a few days to Modern Talking,
> or some similar punishment.
> But then, in the 30s and before, such crimes were quite common.
If you were typesetting in Fraktur, you had no choice but to use
letter-spacing. The use of italics became possible only after the
abolition of Fraktur.