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Re: Cleaning House

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 03 May 2007 18:28:05 +0100
Message-ID: <463A1BA5.4010401@splintered.co.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org, public-html@w3.org

Anne van Kesteren wrote:

> I believe T.V. Raman actually has styling for <b> and <i> in his 
> browser. (Please correct me if I'm wrong.) Users marking things up in 
> bold and italic do mean something with it. It's just that you (the 
> editor) can't determine what it is and therefore they are good elements 
> to use. Using <strong> and <em> instead would likely be very wrong when 
> the document mentions a lot of ship names, for instance.

Raman is a technologically savvy user. Does that (aural) styling also 
happen for other screen reader users?
Also, if he has styling for <b> and <i>, he'll also hear ship names 
marked with <i> the same way that he hears wrongly emphasised pieces of 
text marked up with <i> ...

I can't remember where it originated, exactly, but I seem to remember 
some discussion a while ago about whether or not ship names should be 
marked up via <cite>, as in "citing the ship's name". Of course, marking 
  them up naively with <em> would not be right, and it's certainly not 
what we're saying either.

Patrick H. Lauke
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