enter image description herei have to pass https://achecker.ca/ validator for a client without any "known problems" an i recieved this message

Success Criteria 1.4.4 Resize text (AA)

Check 117: i (italic) element used. Repair: Replace your i elements with em or strong. Error Line 334, Column 8: Error Line 415, Column 4:

What should i do? its very important

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    I'm no expert, but if I were you I would replace my i elements with em or strong.
    – vancoder
    Mar 11, 2021 at 19:43
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    <i> was used, in the past, for italics, but that's not standard any longer. <em> is what you're supposed to use for 'emphasis, it's just semantically correct code. So either you've used <i>italics</i>` in your content or some developer whose theme/plugin you're using is still using that as a fallback. (Also <b> for bold has been replaced with <strong>. Mar 13, 2021 at 6:00

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Nothing. It hasn’t identified an actual problem. It thinks you’re using an i tag for italics, but you’re not.

If you absolutely need the error to go away, you would need to find a way to get achecker to ignore the problem, and that's a question for them, rather than anything to do with WordPress.


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