AChecker.ca said do not use italic and bold

Noted: Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 17:00:06. Words count: 186.
Last updated: Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 17:00:06.

Based on Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (ATRC) guidelines, italic and bold markups are not allowed anymore. They suggest us to use em (emphasis) and strong (strong emphasis) tags.

AChecker v.1.0 is a free accessibility checker which built using open source code. They also has an integrated (X)HTML validator. This project hosted by Faculty of Information, Toronto University, Canada.

See this i element problem:

Guidelines

WCAG 2.0 (Level AA)
Guideline Group1.4 Distinguishable: Make it easier for users to see and hear content including separating foreground from background.
Requirement
i (italic) element is not used.
Error
i (italic) element used.
Short Description
This error will be generated for all i elements.
Rationale
The i element is not handled as well by screen readers as the em and strong elements.
How To Repair
Replace your i elements with em or strong.

For the b tag, see b element problem.

I can’t find the real source on WCAG 2.0 site related to this problem. At least, the i and b elements are not deprecated yet. HTML5 still using these presentational markups.

In my opinion, use semantic markups properly.

Dani Iswara, [myfirstnamelastname]@gmail.com.

6 comments to "AChecker.ca said do not use italic and bold"

  1. rismaka

    Bagaimana dengan penggunaan q untuk quotasi. Apakah itu juga masih semantik dok?

  2. dani

    rismaka,
    elemen q untuk inline kuotasi atau kuotasi pendek masih termasuk semantik. Hanya saja beberapa peramban Web belum membacanya dengan baik. Sehingga perlu bantuan CSS. Pun belum semua alat bantu teknologi pembaca layar komputer memahaminya.

  3. Asop

    Asal tidak semakin merepotkan kita aja. :)

  4. dani

    Asop,
    coba tebak siapa yang bakal repot menebak-nebak jika ada teks tebal atau cetak miring secara visual, tapi tidak terdeteksi oleh screen reader. Siapa yang kehilangan informasi? :)

  5. Cahya

    Sekarang kan sudah eranya iPad dan Cuorier Bli, bukan screen reader biasa…

  6. dani

    Cahya,
    dasarnya kan sama. Kecuali di peranti sejenis iPad dan layar sentuh dibuat teknologi untuk efek hover.