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Hi krollans,

Thanks for this question! Ideally small caps should be formatted in EPUBs using CSS so that screen readers read them aloud correctly.

Glossaries should be marked up as definition list using <dl>, <dt> and <dd>. The reader will know they are in the glossary section based on the heading or label in that section. Additionally, the epub:type=”glossary” and role=”doc-glossary” should be noted in this section.

For individual glossary terms, the epub:type=”glossterm” can be noted. Please refer to the EPUB type to ARIA role authoring guide here: https://idpf.github.io/epub-guides/epub-aria-authoring/

The small caps hold no semantic meaning and are mainly decorative formatting, which doesn’t need to be indicated to screen readers, much like decorative images in EPUBs. Same for Italicized words—if they hold semantic meaning, use <em>, if they do not, use <i>.

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