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Re: <abbr>, <acronym> and initialisms

From: Olivier GENDRIN <olivier.gendrin@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2007 11:39:52 +0200
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On 4/3/07, Olivier GENDRIN <olivier.gendrin@gmail.com> wrote:
> On 3/29/07, Murray Maloney <murray@muzmo.com> wrote:
> > WWW is an abbreviation for World Wide Web.
> > I tend to pronounce WWW as "double-u, double-u, double-u", so it is an
> > initialism.
> > Tim Berners-Lee and some others pronounce WWW as "wuh, wuh, wuh" (sp?),
> > so to them it might be an acronym.
>
> What about an attribute that could link to a prononciation file ? It
> could be shapped like the <meta http-equiv="Content-Type"
> content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />, allowing to link to an XML file
> or a OGG.
>
> For example : <abbr type="initialism"
> prononciationGuide="http://www.example.com/tbl.ogg"
> content="application/ogg">WWW</abbr>, or <abbr type="initialism"
> prononciationGuide="http://www.example.com/tbl.xml"
> content="application/xml">WWW</abbr>
>
> This could be used by screen readers to make a correct render of the
> abbreviation. But this is perhaps in the CSS range, throug phonemes
> for example (http://www.w3.org/TR/css3-speech/#phonemes).

I just realise that such mechanism could be interesting for <q> and
<blockquote> : you could link to a record of the quotation, and add
'start' and 'end' attribute to indicate the position of the quotation
in the file.

Yes, we also hav to think about handling alternative formats (like OGG
or MP3...).
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