One of the most annoying tendencies I’ve noticed in some weblogs lately, particularly the political ones, is the “highlighter” style where quoted text is presented as plain black on white, and the weblog author’s own commentary is shown as black on yellow. Yuk! Besides being ugly, it’s conceited; the not-so-hidden message is that everything the weblog author writes is worthy of emphasis, and nothing that they’re quoting is. From both a graphic-design perspective and a reasonable-discourse perspective, the highlighter style is an abomination.