Use strong instead of CSS font-weight Accessibility Checkpoint


Use semantic markup like strong instead of using the CSS font-weight property.


Use the strong element instead of the span element for bold text.

Applicable standards

Note: Section 508 Refresh (2017) checkpoints are equivalent to WCAG 2.0 level A and level AA checkpoints.

Change history

  • 5.39 Nov 2020 Fixed false positive.
  • 5.37 May 2020 Fixed false positive.
  • 5.36 Jan 2020 Now uses CSS cascade.
  • 3.0 Dec 2008 Added.

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Rule ID: AccWcag2-F2-3