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

From: Brian Kelly <B.Kelly@ukoln.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2003 17:17:20 -0000
To: jon@hackcraft.net
Cc: 'Charles McCathieNevile' <charles@sidar.org>, 'Christian Wolfgang Hujer' <Christian.Hujer@itcqis.com>, 'David Woolley' <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>, www-html@w3.org, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <010601c3c0d3$cd0dc510$d513268a@ukoln.ac.uk>

> > I wonder whether there may be circumstances in which a 
> rigourous exact 
> > definition may be important - perhaps in legal documents; 
> scientific 
> > pages, etc?
> Yes, I'd buy that. I'd also accept the possibility of the 
> inverse case, where 
> many of the different (whether subtly or strikingly so) 
> definitions, nuances, 
> etymological references and so on could be identified (say 
> for an in-depth 
> analysis of a poem or another piece of literature).
> I'd see both of these as being specialist applications 
> though, providing the 
> framework (perhaps through RDF or similar) may be a suitable 
> task for an 
> application not tasked with providing for that specific 
> speciality, but 
> providing the full capability in a language like HTML seems a 
> bit much.

That's a perfectly reasonable suggestion.

I guess the options are:

Abbreviations (and maybe alt tags for images) are metadata.  There will
be added layers of complexity from what appears on the surface.
Therefore a simple document markup language should leave such issues to
a richer and more appropriate language, such as RDF  (and to take on
board Ernest Cline's message sent a few second's ago, if abbreviations
aren't regarded as metadata they can be regarded as presentational and
should therefore not be including in XHTML 2.0 - but for a different

Abbreviations (and certainly alt tags for images) may be metadata but
they are also capable of being easily understood and deployed.  It would
be desirable to include a lightweight way of provides support for such
features in a new document markup language, as has been done with HTML.


Brian Kelly
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University of Bath 
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