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RE: Abbreviations and Acronyms: [techs] Latest HTML Techniques Draft

From: John Colby <John.Colby@uce.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2003 10:21:50 -0000
Message-ID: <107DE25EC0216C45AEF670016024245F01642F5A@exchangea.staff.uce.ac.uk>
To: "Brian Kelly" <B.Kelly@ukoln.ac.uk>, "David Woolley" <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>, <www-html@w3.org>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Despite all the semantics it really does make a difference to this
argument that IE does not recognise and treat correctly <abbr> but does
recognise and treat correctly <acronym>. The mouseover will display a
tooltip. It also makes a difference that <acronym> has been dropped from
the proposals for XHTML 2.0. Other browsers treat each correctly.

So the pragmatic approach would be to use <acronym> for both acronyms
and abbreviations for all documents, although it is not semantically
correct, and then when it is practicable to change the !DOCTYPE
declaration for XHTML 2.0 do a global search and replace for <acronym>
to <abbr>.

John

John Colby
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