35. Provide accompanying words such as "cancelled" avoiding using tags alone which greatly modify the meaning, such as strike through.
In some cases character modifications are not read aloud by audio browsers. For example, strike through lines are not read aloud, ending up relaying an exact opposite meaning.
Example and Implementation
- Display the fact that something has been "cancelled" in text rather than using strike through tags such as (strike), (s) or (del).
Bad example: Display only with a strike through.
Good example: Display the "cancellation" in text.
36. Provide accompanying words, avoiding using symbols ( , or etc) alone to identify concepts.
Some audio browsers do not read aloud the intended text symbol. Please avoid only using symbols to display important information. Pictographs (ASCII art) are not read aloud as intended. Please do not use pictographs, but instead use characters or images. Machine-dependent characters also lead to mistaken display, so please avoid using these as well.
Bad example: and may not be read aloud
Good example: Audio browsers can make sense of the symbols with the text also provided in brackets.