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Re: italic fonts

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2003 06:56:47 -0700
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
To: tcroucher@netalleynetworks.com
Message-Id: <17C5DDBA-F8CE-11D7-A1A9-000A958826AA@sidar.org>

I agree with Tom that italics aren't all terrible, and the point that 
different levels of emphasis can be useful is a valid one, although in 
many cases I don't think people use more than one level. It seems to me 
that many of the cases that Jon listed are areas where there is 
specific markup available - marking a span as being in another language 
that is already a priority 1 requirement in WCAG, using markup like 
cite and quote is there as priority 2, ...

I have a small phone running a partial CSS implementation (Sony 
Ericsson - I don't know what their browser is) but have found that 
italics on it are like on medium-resolution screens - readable in large 
sizes (and I have a zoom feature on the phone) but not as pretty as 
they are when printed from true type.

Which is why I use "avoid" rather than "don't". (Talking about when to 
use a size less than the user default for body text, my answer is 



On Tuesday, Oct 7, 2003, at 05:57 US/Pacific, Tom Croucher wrote:

> I am not sure that I agree with some of the assumptions used her. Not 
> all italics are particularly detrimental to being able to read text. 
> It entirely depends on the font. The reason for having strong and em 
> is that they provide different roles. Strong gives more weight 
> (visually and semantically) to a word, as oposed to em which is 
> commonly used to mark out key points of information. This might seem a 
> subtle distinction but it is important.
> My two pence,
> Tom
> On Tue, 7 Oct 2003 13:28:36 +0100, Scarlett Julian (ED) 
> <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk> wrote:
>>> So my advice would be go with bolding if you need emphasis.
>> Is there a case for doing away with <strong> altogether and having 
>> <em> display in bold by default unless specified as different in the 
>> css. It strikes me that the distinction, semantically, between <em> 
>> and <strong> is becoming rather blurred.
>> Just thinking aloud..
>> Julian
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