Italics: Too much <em>phasis

I was working on a website design and I came across a slight problem…

The paragraph of content I was working on needed emphasis on a particular word, so I used italic font via the <em> tag in HTML. I noticed that the font weight appeared to have increased. The word now looked bold, and overly emphasized. I went to decrease the font-weight in CSS only to find that it was already at the minimum value, 100. I paused for a moment.

Then, I decided to make the font-size of that word 98% so as to appear less bold, only moderately emphasized, and not very noticeably smaller.

My results were great. Try it out if you want, and let me know how it goes.