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Re: [Moderator Action] W3C's source code

From: Ian B. Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2006 15:20:11 +0000
To: Isis Binder <isis.binder@gmail.com>
Cc: site-comments@w3.org
Message-Id: <1163517611.4670.140.camel@jebediah>
Hello Isis,

The distinction between acronym and abbreviation is a blurry one (as
the Miriam-Webster entry for "acronym" [1] suggests). There are also
"initialisms".

I suspect that if we used <abbrev> people would ask us why as well. So
we picked one. 

By the way, the HTML specification is also blurry on this topic (due to
the way the terms are used in practice).

 - Ian

[1] http://www.webster.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=acronym
[2] http://www.webster.com/dictionary/initialism

On Mon, 2006-11-13 at 01:34 +0000, Isis Binder wrote:
> I've been studying web standards (or,at least,trying to),and I can't
> figure out why you guys say that W3C is an acronym.Shouldn't it be an
> abbreviation?
> <acronym title=" World Wide Web Consortium">W3C</acronym
> >
> http://www.w3.org/Consortium/membership-benefits
> 
> 
> I know there's a WWWC (World Without War Council) on the Net and maybe this was the reason not to choose the same writing.
> Could you please make things clear?
> 
> 
> -- 
> Ísis Binder
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