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RE: ABBR and ACRONYM

From: David Poehlman <poehlman@clark.net>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 12:54:02 -0500 (EST)
To: Matthew Lye <mlye@trentu.ca>
cc: David Poehlman <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.3.96.980130125329.29434B-100000@shell.clark.net>
I'm suggesting here that it be parsed that way not displayed that way if
posssible.


On Fri, 30 Jan 1998, Matthew Lye wrote:

> On 1/30/1998 10:53 AM, David Poehlman wrote:
> 
> >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.
> 
> My thinking is that a person familiar with the context in which 'RAM' is 
> being used might find that really irritating.  But I gather that you are 
> thinking of a mark-up to browser to screen reader chain, rather than 
> direct parsing of the mark-up by a text-to-speech browser.  In that case 
> I almost agree with you, except that for people reading the acronym 
> visually, R space A space M would be less than optimal.  Thus, I would 
> suggest that the HTML 4.0 specification should instruct that browsers 
> support optional acronym spacing.
> 

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