Word import, especially things like footnotes, can be flakey, and those who do it all the time seem to think it gets worse with each new version of ID.
One thing that would probably help is to use character styles to apply the special formatting in Word rather than jsut selecting text and hitting the italic button. Applied Character styles are not considered overrides to a paragraph style and should be preserved in ID when reasserting the paragraph formatting.
Thanks, Peter, this is useful. It requires a degree of forward planning for which I'm not noted but I will try it where appropriate!
The downside is that if the italic is already there in the Word file, I will have a lot of work going over and applying styles (in Word or Indesign) to what the author has given me anyway.
I'm not sure that forward planning is so necessary here.
If your only concern is losing italics when importing from Word, create,
in InDesign, an italic character style. Then do a search and replace
throughout the InDesign document (after you've placed the Word file)
searching for italics formatting, and replacing with your italics
That will prevent you from losing your italics formatting.
Repeat for bold, bold italics, superscript, subscript, and anything else
the author uses.
There are some scripts that help in this process (I think one of them is
called "preptext", by Jongware).
If you want a comprehensive solution that can find every type of
formatting override and creates and applies the appropriate character
style, check out my "Create Character Styles from Overrides" script,
available under the scripting tab on freelancebookdesign.com.
Many thanks, Ariel, that is brilliantly simple and effective -- I have just tried it and it works beautifully. I have been manually replacing italic in paragraphs for years and grumbling about it, your solution is a great leap forward! Much appreciated.