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[Bug 12971] New: A lot of times, perhaps the majority of the time, authors use <em> or <strong> to make text italic or bold, when in fact the intention has nothing to do with emphasizing or strongly emphasizing the text. The result is terrible in aural browsers and extrem

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Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 17:03:00 +0000
To: public-html@w3.org
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http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=12971

           Summary: A lot of times, perhaps the majority of the time,
                    authors use <em> or <strong> to make text italic or
                    bold, when in fact the intention has nothing to do
                    with emphasizing or strongly emphasizing the text. The
                    result is terrible in aural browsers and extrem
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: Other
               URL: http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#top
        OS/Version: other
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: contributor@whatwg.org
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,
                    public-html@w3.org


Specification: http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/Overview.html
Section: http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#top

Comment:
A lot of times, perhaps the majority of the time, authors use <em> or <strong>
to make text italic or bold, when in fact the intention has nothing to do with
emphasizing or strongly emphasizing the text. The result is terrible in aural
browsers and extremely hard to understand.

Is there any way this practice could be discouraged, other than reintroducing
<i> and <b> which can be ignored by an aural browser?

People just don't understand that <em> doesn't mean italic and <strong>
doesn't mean bold.


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