Now that CSS has coordinate transforms and drop shadows, we can kind of define bold (or superbold or megabold) and italic (and superitalic) font renditions in pure CSS, without depending on the font itself! Obviously not real italics, which implies a different kind of serifs, but at least oblique italics (compare aa); but it seems like CSS coordinate transforms can’t be applied to inline content, at least in Firefox/Iceweasel. ridiculously italic! So we kind of need to hack that with an inline-block.

You can also do a bunch of other goofy typographical effects with the new CSS transform and filter properties: expanded, condensed, blurred, inverse video, and sperren. I’m not sure how to correct the box widths for the expanded and condensed text.