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Re: Abbreviations and Acronyms: [techs] Latest HTML Techniques Draft

From: Wendy A Chisholm <wendy@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2003 15:47:19 -0500
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To: "Jens Meiert" <jens.meiert@erde3.com>, "Sailesh Panchang" <sailesh.panchang@deque.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org

Since XHTML 2.0 currently has one element for both acronyms and 
abbreviations [1], we felt we should head that direction as well.  We 
should clarify this in the HTML Techniques document.

from the XHTML 2.0  spec:
The abbr element indicates that a text fragment is an abbreviation (e.g., 
W3C, XML, Inc., Ltd., Mass., etc.); this includes acronyms.


[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml2/mod-inline-text.html#sec_9.1.

At 03:18 AM 12/3/2003, Jens Meiert wrote:

> > In the example for abbreviation, are WWW and SSN not acronyms?
>You are absolutely right, and the cited definitions are also correct. --
>Maybe the WAI documents wording is intended since e.g. upcoming XHTML 2.0 will
>AFAIK only support the <abbr /> element (which is another topic I don't
>necessarily agree to)? Or is it a mistake?
>Best regards,
>  Jens.
>Jens Meiert
>Interface Architect

wendy a chisholm
world wide web consortium
web accessibility initiative
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