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Deleted text & Strike-through

From: Mike Scott <mscott@msfw.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2001 10:59:09 -0600
To: "'wai-ig list'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <001901c1819b$ff83db70$0b00000a@mikes>
The <del> tag (and formerly the <strike> and <s> tags) are used to
identify "deleted" text -- such as text that has been deleted from a
legal document -- traditionally rendered using "strike-through"
formatting on the text. (And, <ins> is used to show inserted, or newly
added, text, usually rendered with an underline.) 

For example, using the code:

	<p>This is the <del>old text</del> <ins>new text</ins>.</p>

The words "old text" would be formatted as strike through, and "new
text" would be underlined.

(See http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/struct/text.html#h-9.4 for

So here are the questions:

(1) Do any screen readers currently identify deleted/strike-through
text? (HPR 3.02 and JAWS 4 read the text without any indication that it
was deleted -- definitely a problem...)

(2) Do we have any guidelines on how a screen reader SHOULD identify
such text?

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