HTML Code for Visually Impaired? Did You Know?
Did you know that there is such a thing as HTML code for the visually impaired? I did not know until today that website accessibility for the blind is an important factor to consider when creating a website. Wow. That’s cool. I used to be legally blind, so this really hit home for me.
I just recently started taking an online course in how to build a website from scratch. I already know some basic HTML, but was surprised by this one particular fact that I learned today, that HTML code for the visually impaired is nothing new. I tried to find out when this all actually came about, but could not find a time frame. If you know, I’d love to hear it.
If you’re anything like me, you use WordPress or something similar to write your blog posts. Your HTML code is nicely done for you so you don’t realize the intricacies of writing code. Anyway … here are two of the basic codes that I’m referring to, the code for “Boldface” and “Italics.”
HTML Code for Visually Impaired
You’ll also notice that the word “boldface” is darker. That’s because in the source code, that word is enclosed in … tags. The word “italic” is slanted. That’s because that word is enclosed in … tags.
You may be wondering why the tag is <strong> rather than <bold> or <boldface> or <b>. That’s actually because <strong> plays a couple of roles. In a Web browser, it makes the text look darker (boldface). It will also cause a screen reader for the blind to say the word with some added strength when reading the page aloud.
The <em> tag for italics is similar. The em is short for emphasis, and it makes the text look italic on the screen, and it also makes a screen reader for the blind speak the word with some emphasis when reading the page aloud.
The <b> and <i> tags will still work to make boldface and italics, and they’re still part of HTML. But they have no effect on screen readers for the blind. It’s always good to extend your horizons a bit and think about everyone who might read (or hear) your page. Also, using <strong> and <em> is courteous to blind users who can’t see or read your text.
If you would like to learn more about HTML Code for Visually Impaired, and website accessibility for the blind, here are two sources for you.
I hope you have learned a little from reading about, “HTML Code for Visually Impaired”
QUESTION FOR YOU TODAY: Do you write HTML code? Had you heard of this or realized the reasoning behind it?
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