As mentioned in the paragraph styles section titled “Drop Caps and Nested Styles (and Line Styles)” (page 254), paragraph styles control entire paragraphs. We rely on character styles to format exceptions within paragraphs. A good, fair, and recurring question my students ask is, “why bother?” We can simply highlight text, reach up to the Control panel and choose some different formatting. True, but there are several concerns.
Even with something as seemingly trivial as setting text to italic, consistency can be a challenge. In just one font family—Garamond Premiere Pro, for example—I have 17 variations of italic! ...