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Re: ABBR vs. ACRONYM

From: Karl Ove Hufthammer <huftis@bigfoot.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2000 16:50:59 +0100
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From: "Charles McCathieNevile" <charles@w3.org>
To: "Emmanuelle Gutiérrez y Restrepo" <sinarmaya@retemail.es>
Cc: "Ann Navarro" <ann@webgeek.com>; "Kynn Bartlett" <kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com>; "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <unagi69@concentric.net>; "WAI Interest Group Emailing List" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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Subject: RE: ABBR vs. ACRONYM

> Acronym and abbreviation add something very important that is completely
> lacking in span - information about what kind of information is being marked
> out (specifically, something that is an abbreviation or an acronym).
> 
> If the two things are equivalent in HTML then there are a few
> possiblities. One is to remove one of them, and in this case I would suggest
> abbr, as the one less supported.

I actually think removing acronym, as an acronym really *is* a type of abreviation. And if we (people on the WAI-IG list) can't agree on acronyms are and what's just abbreviations, I very much doubt "ordinary" people will understand the difference. Since abbr and acroynm will be rendered the same on all UAs, I really see no reason to keep both in the HTML specification, especially since noone seems to know the difference (and the definition is not the same in various languages/countries).

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Karl Ove Hufthammer
Received on Monday, 21 February 2000 11:02:01 GMT

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