We replaced B with STRONG and I with EM which are effectively the exact some thing. If you think its different, sorry you're confused.
Tell me why exactly we needed to change tags?
Explain to me how change the name of a tag from B to STRONG actually made it so your screen reader worked better. I'm pretty sure if it knew the difference between B and STRONG it could do whatever it want with text and wouldn't care if the tag was B or STRONG.
Some douche's in a commitee sat down and decided the B was a display thing and STRONG was a speech thing and they are different and should be handled as such
An intelligent solution would have been much simpler
EM and STRONG are shining example of retarded changes to a protocol because some people involved in the discussion don't have a clue.
This is what I was trying to say. You, sir, nailed it.