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abbr/acronym - repetitive use

From: iris <iristopa@excite.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2001 08:45:01 -0800 (PST)
Message-ID: <2137544.1006361101156.JavaMail.imail@squealer.excite.com>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
hi everyone

background:
i convert a lot of academic research reports and similar documents into
html, which contain tons of abbreviations and acronyms, many of which occur
repeatedly on the same page.

request for advice/opinion:
would it be enough to enclose the first occurrence of an acronym in the
appropriate tag, e.g. <acronym title="Manchester Metropolitan
University">MMU</acronym> and leave the other occurrences of MMU on the same
page without the mark-up, or is it best to do this for every time the
acronym occurs.

additional question:
and while we're on the subject, there seems to be confusion over which is
which.  my understanding is that an acronym is something like WWW, where the
first letter of each word is used, while a shortening of a word (e.g. etc.
from etcetera) is an abbreviation.  but even the wai guidelines have WWW
listed as an abbreviation. ???

thanks
iris
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