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Perl Tool For <abbr> Available

From: Matthew Smith <matt@kbc.net.au>
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 16:01:48 +0930
Message-ID: <40D13AD4.1090202@kbc.net.au>
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Hi All

I have just written (for my own use), a small command-line Perl programme that 
can maintain a database of abbreviations and their definitions and substitute 
them into files.  This may be helpful for anyone who has a lot of HTML without 
expanded abbreviations that needs correcting.

Two types of conversion may be applied, HTML and text.  Due to much tiresome 
debate in the past and the fact that acronyms ARE abbreviations, as far as I am 
concerned (and this programme), ALL contractions are rendered as <abbr> in HTML 
mode.  In text mode, the definition is given, followed by the abbreviation in 

Abbreviations are loaded from a text file containing abbreviation/definition 
pairs separated by a hash #.

If anyone thinks they would find this useful, you are more than welcome to use 
this code.  Standard disclaimers apply...

The code may be picked up at: <http://www.tivis.net.au/tools/abbr.txt>

I had to re-name from .pl to .txt otherwise Apache would execute the code rather 
than displaying it.  I have made use of this quirk to provide an online help 
page (text/plain):  <http://www.tivis.net.au/tools/abbr.pl>


1) I have yet to get around to doing much "user-proofing", such as raising 
errors when mutually exclusive arguments are given, but it's good enough for me.
2) This is NOT efficient code - with huge files and abbreviation lists, this 
could be slow on older machines.
3) Currently uses Berkeley DB - I may be persuaded to do a CGI/MySQL version for 
intranet/workgroup use.

Hope this can help someone - any queries, let me know.



Matthew Smith
Kadina Business Consultancy
South Australia
Received on Thursday, 17 June 2004 02:33:46 UTC

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