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Re: Brainstorming - abbreviations

From: Bill Mason <w3c@accessibleinter.net>
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 18:07:14 -0700
Message-ID: <45F9EDC2.7000407@accessibleinter.net>
To: public-html@w3.org

Sandy Smith wrote:

>> Further, web content accessibility guidelines do not, to my knowledge, 
>> make a distinction between needing to "explain" abbreviations that are 
>> "novel" versus all.
>>
> 
> Nor was I arguing that they did; I merely pointed out that it is 
> customary to have content creation guidelines in an organization that 
> require the callout of any acronym used for the first time in a 
> document, but rare to have the reverse. Not all semantic meaning is for 
> accessibility.

My point was that since current best practices require the callout for 
both abbr and acronym be exposed to the user in some fashion or 
fashions, a use case such as yours predicated on only needing to call 
out acronym and not abbr doesn't really establish anything, in my view.

-- 
Bill Mason
Accessible Internet
w3c@accessibleinter.net
http://accessibleinter.net/
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