I was wondering why, so thought this was interesting:
> I haven't quite figured out why <code><strong></code> came into use > instead of <code><b></code>. For semantic reasons. The general meaning of <b> is "stress this," which we display visually as enboldened print, but in a screen reader it is spoken more loudly. To reflect this semantic meaning we now use <strong>. And with CSS we can now display <strong> as, for example red colored text rather than bold text if we wish. Same argument goes for <i> / <em>. (However, note that <b> and <i> are *not* deprecated and are fine to use when we do not MEAN strong or emphasis. For example it is proper to use <i> for the title of a magazine article, or for foreign terms. In these cases we use italics not to suggest stress, but just because that is the way Strunk and White tell us to format them. There is no semantic meaning in these latter cases.) Hope that clarifies a bit. -- E. Michael Brandt (terrytek)I have read in some places that <b> and <i> have been deprecated, or are not yet but should be deprecated; I have had trouble find- ing a clear answer on this.