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Re: <i>, <em> and font-style:italic in HTML 5

From: Ramón Corominas <listas@ramoncorominas.com>
Date: Fri, 04 Oct 2013 18:43:17 +0200
Message-ID: <524EF025.1030809@ramoncorominas.com>
To: Adam Powell <adam@adaminfinitum.com>
CC: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Hi, Adam and all,

As far as I know most screen readers today do not read <b>, <i>, 
<strong> or <em> (or <ins>, or <del>, or many others) in a different 
tone or voice, unless the user specifically enables this setting.

Moreover, even if it is possible, most blind people I know don't like 
these changes to occur because the voice changes are more confusing than 


Adam asked:

> Does this mean that when/if this becomes a specification (worded this 
> way, I mean), a compliant user agent e.g. a screenreader would read *b* 
> with no change in tone or voice?
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