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RE: ABBR and ACRONYM

From: Pawson, David <DPawson@rnib.org.uk>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 13:43:36 -0000
Message-ID: <81B329C63AEFD0119929006097AB82E40FEC0A@priory.rnib.org.uk>
To: "'w3c-wai-ig@w3.org'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Examples of sources of confusion?


NATO is a good example.

It is an acronym
It is (often) pronounced as a word.
Should it be <acronym>NATO</acronym> to produce N A T O
or should it be unmarked, implying that all readers will have heard of
NATO and 'pronounce it' as NATO.

There are probably better examples in esoteric fields full of jargon.
<acronym>IT</acronym> is just such a field. Someone not 
familiar with the field may not recognise <acronym>RAM</acronym>
as a computer term and interpret as a sheepish item.

this from a colleague next door more familiar with the issues of
mistranslation. Thanks Jeannie!

regards, DaveP
Received on Friday, 30 January 1998 08:40:31 GMT

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