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RE: JAWS doing em / strong Re: *Complex* Tables, Forms, Labeling, I'm still confused

From: David R. Stong <drs18@psu.edu>
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 11:15:52 -0500
Message-Id: <p05200f06b9f97bc892eb@[]>
To: "Jon Hanna" <jon@spin.ie>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Why is <strong> and <em> anything less than an indication of meaning 
in the content? Using <strong> when you mean <b> is like using <th> 
to center something in a cell. The strength of inflection of a given 
word may affect meaning and in so doing needs to be interpreted by 
any device that interprets written words.

I don't think it's insane at all; I'd commend the programmers at 
Freedom Scientific for their insight.

At 3:37 PM +0000 11/14/02, Jon Hanna wrote:
>  > Actually JAWS 4.5 does support these tags to some degree.  The
>>  user can ask
>>  for the indicated font of text on a web page by pressing insert+f.  Text
>>  marked with <strong>...</strong> will be indicated as bold.  Text marked
>>  with <em>...</em> will be indicated as italic.
>Am I correct in understanding this as meaning that JAWS indicates an element
>not directly linked to visual formatting by telling the user about a
>possible visual formatting?
>If so, am I alone in thinking this is insane?

David R. Stong
Microcomputer Information Specialist, Education Technology Services
Teaching and Learning with Technology
Information Technology Services
The Pennsylvania State University
225 Computer Building
University Park, PA 16802

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