## 11. Directions for future work

The TEX system is rarely used outside the author's practice, and even the LaTEX system derived from it is not much use for Web-based presentation.

The important functional capability is to italicize biological names properly. Accordingly, the author envisions a system where the current TEX-markup fields in the various input and output files will be replaced by fields that use underbar (`_`) characters to represent the start and end of italicized text. Some examples:

TEX styleNew style
`\sp{Accipiter}``_Accipiter_`
`Brant (\itc{hrota})``Brant (_hrota_)`

From text marked up in this way, it is easy to derive the TEX version or to mark it up with HTML `<i>``</i>` tags.