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

From: Maurizio Boscarol <maurizio@usabile.it>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2003 13:29:18 +0100
Message-ID: <002f01c3c0ab$90377500$4d772a97@mshome.net>
To: <ishida@w3.org>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

From: "Richard Ishida
> A practical note.  If we're all struggling so much to decide what is an
> acronym vs. abbreviation (vs sigle, vs aposcope,...) what chance do we
> have that people in general creating pages will manage to use a
> consistent approach.  And how much will they care?
> I'm for a single concept that indicates "this stands for a longer word
> or phrase".

So do I.
There're a lot of words hard to decide if they're abbreviations or acronym.
HTML is an abbreviation or an acronym? Hypertext in italian is a unique
word, so the acronym should be HML... And so on. It's no our mission to
decide such a linguistic problem.

>I'm happy to call that an abbreviation using the less
> technical sense of that word.

The "term" proposal sounds good for me. I vote for a generic "term" with his
explanation. Because this can cause backward compatibility problem, my
second vote is for "abbr".


Maurizio Boscarol
Hops Libri - A book to build usable
and accessible web sites (only italian).
Received on Friday, 12 December 2003 07:09:57 UTC

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