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From: Chagnon | PubCom
Date: Mar 27, 2013 9:22PM


Mohit wrote: "The strike through text is similar to deleted text (same can
be viewed using Microsoft Word Track Changes feature), one of the solution
the web developers could provide is to place the strike through word in
between explicit tags such as <Start Delete> and <End Delete>."

As an editor, I think there's a subtle difference between deleting text and
striking it.

If the text is deleted, then it should be removed completely from the file.
You won't know that it was ever in the file.

But with strikethrough, I'm letting the reader know that the text has
changed: I'm showing what the original text was (indicated as crossed out
with the strikethrough) and that there is either new text to replace it or
that nothing will replace it.

Strikethrough is also used in creative writing to indicate a change in
thought or message, usually in a humorous way.

I don't think the <del> tag adequately conveys the subtleties of the
message.

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-----Original Message-----
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[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Mohit Rajan Verma
Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 10:17 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Strike-through Text

Hi David,

It is one of the important misses in Screen Reading software, they don't
inform user about the strike through text and read it as it is. The strike
through text is similar to deleted text (same can be viewed using Microsoft
Word Track Changes feature), one of the solution the web developers could
provide is to place the strike through word in between explicit tags such as
<Start Delete> and <End Delete>.

Regards,
Mohit Verma

On Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 5:41 AM, David Ashleydale
< <EMAIL REMOVED> >wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Have any of you ever come across an accessible solution for text with
> a strike-through effect applied to it? I just saw an implementation
> that used
> "text-decoration: line-through" in the CSS, but JAWS 14 just reads the
> text as if nothing is different about it at all.
>
> And I think that <strike> and <s> are deprecated in HTML 4.
>
> Would this need to be shored up for screen reading software with some
> hidden text explaining that the words are struck out?
>
> The example of this is a page that has a fee for something, but the
> fee is struck out and the word "Free!" is placed after it. The page
> author wants to show that there used to be a fee, but now it's free.
>
> Thanks,
> David Ashleydale
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