Discard the B and I Tags and Keep Strong and Em
Writers use bold and italic. Traditionally, the markup we used was <b>. . .</b> and <i>. . .</i>, respectively. But maybe we shouldn’t.
Reputedly, in HTML, they can make accessibility harder:
- — A simpler argument is supplied by Siteimprove.
- — A somewhat more detailed argument is from WebAIM.
One argument is that we should change our coding, at least in the future, but there are arguments against this:
If you opt to use new coding, use either CSS styling or this semantic markup:
- — for bold, replace <b>. . .</b> with <strong>. . .</strong>
- — for italic, replace <i>. . .</i> with <em>. . .</em>
The old tags were more intutive. The new forms are not so much. But if mnemonics could help you, try these: “Be Strong” and “I Am”.