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

From: John M Slatin <john_slatin@austin.utexas.edu>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2003 15:27:32 -0600
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To: "Wendy A Chisholm" <wendy@w3.org>, "Jens Meiert" <jens.meiert@erde3.com>, "Sailesh Panchang" <sailesh.panchang@deque.com>
Cc: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

Ugh.  Wendy quoted the XHTML 2 spec:

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.

Ugh! It would be better to say something like, The abbr element
indicates that  a text fragment is either an abbreviation or an
acronym..<

abbr title="By the way">BTW</abbr>, I wonder how the linguists feel
about making acronym and abbreviation synonymous?

John



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Subject: Re: Abbreviations and Acronyms: [techs] Latest HTML Techniques
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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.

--wendy

[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
>
>http://meiert.com/

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