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Re: ABBR vs. ACRONYM

From: David Norris <dave@webaugur.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 04:47:26 +0000
Message-ID: <38AF71DE.860634EA@webaugur.com>
To: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com>
CC: "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <unagi69@concentric.net>, WAI Interest Group Emailing List <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Kynn Bartlett wrote:
> In my opinion, something that is pronounced as a word is an ACRONYM,
> something that is spelled out as letters is not an ACRONYM.  Any
> shortened form of a word that is not an ACRONYM is an ABBR.

I have always been under the impression that HTML is normalized to the
English language.  I believe the HTML spec references this, as well.  As
such, Merriam Webster (http://www.m-w.com/) defines those two terms as
such:

ac·ro·nym
    : a word (as NATO, radar, or snafu) formed from the initial letter
or letters of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound
term.

ab·bre·vi·a·tion
  1 : the act or result of abbreviating : ABRIDGMENT
  2 : a shortened form of a written word or phrase used in place of the
whole <amt is an abbreviation for amount>

Neither of those definitions make reference to pronunciation.  The
examples cited by Merriam Webster are in direct conflict with your
examples cited previously.

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