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RE: About ABBR

From: Gregory J. Rosmaita <unagi69@concentric.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2000 22:20:12 -0500
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To: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com>
Cc: WAI Interest Group Emailing List <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
aloha, kynn!

with all due respect, terms such as HTML, WAI, W3C, MIT, HWG, and other 
similar conflations cited in your reply to ann on the WAI-IG list are 
acronyms, not abbreviations, and should be marked up accordingly...

ACRONYM is supported by MSIE 4x and greater (at least in the PC flavors), 
and is -- as i have argued in this and other fora -- an indispensable 
accessibility as well as usability aid...  moreover, ACRONYMs are currently 
expanded by MSIE much in the manner that ALT is -- as ToolTips (which, 
unfortunately, don't help a speech output user, such as myself)

and, as much as i would like to have ACRONYMs and abbreviations expanded by 
my screen reader, i am glad to know that -- for those with cognitive 
disabilities and certain forms of dyslexia -- there are mechanisms to 
assist individuals make sense out of content which is often rife with 

feeling the love,

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