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From: David Poehlman <poehlman@clark.net>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 10:53:50 -0500 (EST)
To: Matthew Lye <mlye@trentu.ca>
cc: "Pawson, David" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.3.96.980130105234.7777A-100000@shell.clark.net>
Ram might not be a good example, but what we need have done is to have the
acroneem passed as r a m.
this would give a screenreader the opportunity to spell it out and avoide
misconceptions as to what it is based on what it sounds like.

On Fri, 30 Jan 1998, Matthew Lye wrote:

> On 1/30/1998 08:43 AM, Pawson, David wrote:
> >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.
> Apologies, but this strikes me as a really neat problem.  For many 
> acronyms a simple check of the phonemics (?) can determine whether it 
> should be parsed as a word or as 'letter-spelling'.  Other acronyms may 
> require interpretation once or always:  'RAM', for instance, might be 
> read as 'Random Access Memory' the first time [with a little client-level 
> semantic sugaring:  "...Random Access Memory, known as RAM,...".  I 
> assume the tag supports a reference to the full word?
> Matt.

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