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This post is part of my Today I learned series in which I share all my web development learnings.

Semantic HTML is the foundation of accessible websites. Correct and meaningful elements enable assistive technology to provide a site's information in a different form or shape. A screen reader, for example, takes a site and reads it out for the visitor. These cases show why semantic HTML matters!

And yet here I am after all these years of advocating for using strong (strong importance, seriousness, or urgency) and em (stress emphasis) instead of b (bold) and i (idiomatic text โ€“ italic), only to learn that screen readers don't announce strong or em.

And while I'm not a daily screen reader user, and VoiceOver isn't the only one out there, a quick test on my Mac proves it.

Screen reader example not announcing strong or em elements.

Martin Underhill shares more resources on his blog if you want to learn more.

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