I created a quick project that would just print the message "Test printing italicized text." to the log file, but instead, it just comes over as "Test printing <i>italicized</i> text." in the log file. I am not fluent in XML, but my code is below.
<project name="Test Italic Project" mainModule="Main" version="2.0">
<![CDATA[Test printing <i>italicized</i> text.]]>