[thelist] Bold vs. Strong

Joshua Olson joshua at waetech.com
Tue Aug 12 21:55:39 CDT 2003

From: "rudy" <rudy937 at rogers.com>
Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2003 8:55 PM

> > > bold is a VISUAL SCANNING CUE in this context, and it would
> > > NOT MAKE SENSE to have aural browsers EMPHASIZE those
> > > words while actually READING THE COPY

> > This is a case when you'd want to realize that these phrases are not
> > important because they are BOLD but rather because they optimally
> > convey the meaning of a paragraph.

> did you intend to say "optically" instead of "optimally" perhaps?

No, I meant optimally.  What I meant was that skimming those words
supposedly produced a basic understanding on the content of the text.  So in
that sense, the emphasized words coveyed the meaning of the paragraph in a
concise and possibly optimal way.

> > By doing it this way you've opened the door to being able to
> > programatically strip this summarized content off the page if necessary.
> strip off?  but that's nonsense!
> here, let me strip those words out of the above example:
>   bold is a in this context, and it would to have aural browsers
>   those words while actually

You went the wrong way with the stripping.  I didn't mean to strip out (as
in remove and leave all other text), but rather to take the emphasized
content and create a summary.  In this case:


Ugh, not much better.  But perhaps it's because you emphasized the wrong


> however, one thing is inescapable --
> you cannot do anything without some sort of markup

Er, duh?

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Joshua Olson
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