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1.10 Adding Importance to Text
You want to indicate a span of text that is important.
Contain the important text with the strong element:
<p> <strong>Registration is required</strong> for this event.</p>
In previous versions of HTML, strong was used to indicate strong emphasis. In
HTML5, strong indicates importance and is typically used for alerts and warnings.
Redefining <b>
Like its shunned sibling i , the b element makes a comeback in HTML5. No longer
considered a presentational element, b is used to stylistically offset text from the normal
prose without conveying any extra importance.
For example, b could be used for keywords, product names, or other content whose
text would typically be unique compared to surrounding text, such as a paragraph lead:
<p> <b>Once upon a time,</b> there was a man who lost his mind.</p>
The difference between strong and b is now more semantically clear, but both are
typically rendered in browsers with a heavier font weight (see Figure 1-3 ). Of course,
CSS lets you change the default styling as needed.
Figure 1-3. Browsers render both the <b> and <strong> elements in bold
See Also
The author's article “The Beauty of Semantic Markup, Part 2: <strong>, <b>, <em>,
<i>” at
-strong-b-em-i .
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