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Abbreviations (was RE: Moving forwards)

From: Christophe Strobbe <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>
Date: Fri, 04 Nov 2005 15:09:01 +0100
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Hi Rob,

At 14:49 4/11/2005, Rob Haverty wrote:
<blockquote>
My main concern with this particular success criteria is in understanding 
exactly what is required.  Are you suggesting that all abbreviations 
(including those that are common in practice and/or can be found in 
dictionaries) be expanded?  And, are you defining abbreviation to include 
acronyms as well?
</blockquote>

There is no requirement that all abbreviations are expanded but that the 
expanded form is available in the content or a referenced dictionary or 
glossary.

The term "abbreviation" has two meanings:
1. The shortened form of a word.
2. Shortened form of a word, phrase or name, i.e. a general category that 
includes abbreviations (1), initialisms and acronyms.

The working group adopted the second meaning (see the Guide at 
http://trace.wisc.edu/wcag_wiki/index.php?title=Proposed_Guide_to_3.1_L3_SC3).

We also resolved to add somewhere (as a note to the success criterion, if I 
remember correctly) that there are cases where an explanation is more 
useful than the expanded form, especially when the expanded form is in 
Latin or a foreign language.

Regards,

Christophe Strobbe


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