5811RE: [NH] RE: vs. , vs.
- Mar 6, 2007Hi Scott,
I actually think I spend way too much time figuring this all out, it was
supped to be so simple. But, I do my best to let my audiences browsing
capabilities lead me in my coding choices.
From what I've gathered the debate is like the song, "you say Potato, I say
Potado... let call the whole thing off." Use what you are comfortable with.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf
Of Scott Fordin
Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2007 11:54 AM
Subject: Re: [NH] RE: <em> vs. <i>, <strong> vs. <b>
It's encouraging -- and impressive -- that you take the time
to research your tagging options, test your pages thoroughly,
and keep abreast of the latest accessibility and technology
standards. Well done!
I hope I didn't come across as too pedantic in stating my
positions on this debate. Coding and page design, as precise
and technical as they can be, are also an art form and quasi-
religion informed by personal habits, proclivities, thought
processes, and styles. I certainly don't claim insight into
all the advantages and limitations of one particular set of
tags or styles over another. I do, however, stand by my
justifications for choosing <em> over <i> and <strong> over
<b>. I'm just a structural kind of nerd, I guess...
Keep writing clean code!
Corl DeLuna wrote:
> Hi Scott & Marcelo,
> Thank you both for your very interesting points on these tags. I have
> heard them before.everyone
> Rest assured that I test each page with the JAWS screen reader, and
> one of them is validated. I've implemented most of the guidelines listedat
> http://diveintoacce <http://diveintoaccessibility.org/.> ssibility.org/.<http://diveintoacce <http://diveintoaccessibility.org/.> ssibility.org/.>
> While perfection is not possible, I thinkthese
> I'm going in the right direction to properly serve my audience.
> Pondering your points, I looked up the debate and I found that all of
> tags are valid and legal, none have been depreciateds.com/tags/default.asp
> http://www.w3school <http://www.w3schools.com/tags/default.asp>
> <http://www.w3school <http://www.w3schools.com/tags/default.asp>s.com/tags/default.asp>
> At Web Accessibility I found: "...screen readers (or at least Jaws)_can_
> differentiate, it's just that most users don't switch the facility on."
> I read: "By default the major screen readers have this ability turned
> "...I have not found anywhere within the JAWS or HomePage Reader software,
> nor within their
> documentation, anything that talks about turning on any such capability."
> I read: "Turning it on is not officially documented."
> "While the current crop of screen reading software may not differentiate
> between these elements, there is nothing to say that someday some tool
> I read: "Sure it doesn't make any difference now, but someday -- maybe --
> might. So, do it for the unknown future."<http://www.webaim.org/discussion/mail_message.php?id=10071>
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> As part of keeping my content current and trustworthy I update my pages at
> least once a year, so as standards and technology really change, and are
> really supported, I'm there.
> So, in good faith, my use of all four tags styled with CSS still stands on
> solid standards compliant ground. Even more importantly, it serves all my
> readers with visual disabilities, and the normally sighted as well.
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