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Re: Strikethrough

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 22 May 2002 12:32:44 -0400 (EDT)
To: Marja-Riitta Koivunen <marja@w3.org>
cc: <Julie.Howell@rnib.org.uk>, <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0205221230560.30877-100000@tux.w3.org>
The del element is correct HTML for dong this - applying a strikethrough
style to something else is risky and contravenes a WCAG priority 1
checkpoint. (So the question becomes whether there should be a specific note
that some screenreaders will not give a correct presentation of the

Many browsers do implement ins and del - Lynx inserts a word at each end, and
most visual represenations I have seen use strikethrough.



On Wed, 22 May 2002, Marja-Riitta Koivunen wrote:

  What about <del> (and <ins> for insertions) tag in html? Would that work?
  Then it would be possible to use CSS to present the del as strikethrough.


  At 02:54 PM 5/22/2002 +0100, Julie.Howell@rnib.org.uk wrote:
  >I was wondering if anyone on the list can help me with this enquiry.
  >A member of staff at a local council in the UK has contacted me.  They are
  >putting a legal document on the web.  The document features use of
  >'strikethrough' to indicate to people reading the document that some phrases
  >are no longer valid.  However, some screenreaders are unable to interpret
  >strikethrough correctly.
  >Can anyone suggest an effective solution?  I was wondering about the acronym
  >tag... should this be used to support the strikethrough text so that
  >screenreaders can read it?
  >Kind regards
  >Julie Howell
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