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From: Kevin Prince
Date: Nov 21, 2022 1:56PM

One of my personal bugbears, in Word and the Web, is the use of a carriage return to provide space (It should be done using styles/css).

We discussed it at a team meeting and our screenreader user was horrified – “How would I know when a paragraph ends?”

He didn’t know about navigating by paragraph with his screenreader. My position remains that anything we write for a wider audience should use styles for spacing and there’s a responsibility on AT users to learn their AT. It doesn’t help that 99% of the world thinks tapping return twice is what you do at the end of a paragraph but we can work on that.

If he wants an empty paragraph in documents written for him then I’ll do that as a reasonable accommodation while gently helping him move along.