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HTML HTML Text Emphasis, Strong, and Horizontal Rules

Nazli Ensafi
Nazli Ensafi
2,729 Points

<em> and <strong>

I didn't fully understand the usage of <em> and <strong>, would anybody give me some solid examples plz?

1 Answer

Karolin Rafalski
Karolin Rafalski
11,368 Points

em and strong are about semantics more than appearance. By default, em appears italicized and strong appears as bold text. However, their function is to help show where to stress to a sentence. If someone was using a screen reader to read an html page to them, the em and strong would cause the text to be read in an emphatic and/or loud way. For example: YOU are very late. reads differently than: You are VERY late.

and so the goal of em and strong is to help identify which word (or words) are being stressed to help clarify what is trying to be conveyed.