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Re: Bold vs Strong

From: Mohith BP <mohith.ckm49@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2018 10:57:21 +0530
Message-ID: <CAOH8-+2Dxwbuzx7V1g0jXT9xB3T3k8vTRaerAQUb_Y-a+3FqYA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Vinil Peter <vinilpeter.wcag@gmail.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Hi Vinil,

Though WCAG recommends using <em> and <strong> elements, however, the
support from the major screen readers for these 2 tags is nill.
Please refer:
https://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/Techniques/ua-notes/html#H49


Thanks & Regards,
Mohith B. P.

On 8/5/18, Vinil Peter <vinilpeter.wcag@gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear colleagues,
>
> I have been asked to provide my thoughts on a debate on the use of bold <b>
> and strong <strong> for one of my clients. The client's internal
> accessibility testing team marked all the instances where <b> was used as
> errors and recommended to change them to <strong> so that screen readers
> read out the text with added emphasis. This has brought their quality and
> compliance scores down drastically. The client's developers are unhappy
> about this and claim that they should not be marked down as there is no
> clear guideline or fine print that mandates use of <strong> over <b>.
> Moreover, W3C has not deprecated <b> yet and it's usage is still permitted.
> <b> has been in use since ages and asking to replace all bold text with
> strong is like declaring that  use of <b> should be banned henceforth.
>
> I am planning to give my recommendation to use <strong> in headers or
> functionality names etc. if the text is bold as per  design, while it is
> still fair to allow use of <b> for other bold text. The 'appropriate usage'
> of bold or strong is finally the designer's call as there is no clear
> guideline.
>
> Is my recommendation correct or am I missing something? What your thoughts
> and have you come across any such debate?
>
> ⁣Regards,
> Vinil Peter, PMP​
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