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Re: abbreviation title within a link: howto?

From: Jason Ramsay-Brown <jramsaybro@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 May 2002 22:37:48 -0400
To: joeclark@joeclark.org
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <LAW2-F99Yzq67wn7j3M00006173@hotmail.com>

Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org> wrote:

"I cannot imagine how this approach is in any way helpful. One
suspects that every reader of your page will know what "LD" means ... I use 
<abbr> and <acronym> myself, with stylesheets to make them
overt. I just don't expect them to be very useful."

Marking up abbreviations can be very helpful in ensuring adequate 
representation of keywords in site searches.  Consider a search for "World 
Wide Web" versus a search for "www" - both are contextually very different, 
and will yield unique results.  Increasing the relevance of search results 
is a keystone of accessibility in my opinion.

Further, users with cognitive disabilities such as memory loss, and 
attention disorders could receive benefit from abbreviation markup if their 
browser/agent supports tool-tips for them.



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