[Athen] Screen readers perceiving emphasized text in Word or HTML

Robert Beach rbeach at KCKCC.EDU
Wed Sep 26 06:39:03 PDT 2018

If you use the strong style, the screen readers can indicate a style change. If the screen reader is not indicating this, the user can adjust the settings to get the information.

Strong is for bold, I believe emphasis is italic. If you aren’t getting the “look” you want, modify the style to give the look.

Robert Lee Beach
Assistive Technology Specialist
Kansas City Kansas Community College
7250 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66112
Phone: 913-288-7671
Email: rbeach at kckcc.edu<mailto:rbeach at kckcc.edu>

From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Corrine Schoeb
Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 8:31 AM
To: athen-list at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Athen] Screen readers perceiving emphasized text in Word or HTML

Hi all,

Working on some documents for a student who uses screen readers, primarily NVDA and VoiceOver.

How do I indicate that text has emphasis? For a sighted person we do this with bold and/or italics, but I'm not sure how to do this with so a screen reader can perceive the emphasis.

We are creating Word documents now for the student, but could create HTML if there is a better way to do it with that tool.

Thanks for any advice.


Corrine Schoeb
Technology Accessibility Coordinator, ITS

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