[Athen] Strong Vs. Bold

Karlen Communications info at karlencommunications.com
Wed Sep 26 08:32:04 PDT 2018

In terms of accessible document design, bold and italic as well as underline are sort of deprecated in best practices in favour of using styles to accomplish the same thing. This improves the accessibility of documents.

For example, if I have trouble reading text in italics, I can modify the Emphasis Style to turn off italics and maybe make the text larger or a different colour. As the person accessing the content, I can create my own Style Set and swap it out with the one that doesn’t work for me.

Bold, italic and underline are consider direct formatting. “We” are trying to move away from direct formatting as it can create an accessibility barrier.

While you can use Strong and Emphasis there is still no underline Style and when doing workshops on accessible document design, this is one of the things I have participants to….add an Underline Style to their document template or the document they are remediating if underline has been used.

I think it is also an alignment to what other document formats are using. For example, bold and strong were deprecated in HTML 4 in favour of strong and emphasis.

I’m hoping that in the near future, Microsoft will map the keyboard commands and the buttons on the Home Ribbon to the Styles instead of keeping them as direct formatting.

Cheers, Karen

From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Robert Spangler
Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 11:07 AM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network <athen-list at u.washington.edu>
Subject: [Athen] Strong Vs. Bold

Hello, I didn't want to hijack an existing thread, so I decided to start a new one. Robert, you indicated that if someone uses the strong style for bold, the screen reader will announce the style change. However, the screen reader can also be configured to announce whether text is bold. With this being said, what is the difference between using the strong style or just making the text bold? Is it a visual difference?




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