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Re: ABBR and ACRONYM are for user agents not for end users

From: gez <gez@juicystudio.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2004 14:23:18 -0000
Message-ID: <002401c3d6bc$21646850$1700a8c0@juicy.com>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

This could also easily be implemented with CSS, which could be switchable or
made available just for the print version:

abbr:before {content: "(" attr(title) ") ";}

Best regards.

Gez
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jon Gunderson" <jongund@uiuc.edu>
To: "Jesper Tverskov" <jesper.tverskov@mail.tele.dk>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Friday, January 09, 2004 2:05 PM
Subject: Re: ABBR and ACRONYM are for user agents not for end users


>
> The following points you make on the problems of ABBR and ACRONYM are
> based on
> present implementation of user agents (browsers).  A browser could have a
> preference which states that all ABBR and ACRONYM should be rendered in
> place of the abbreviation.  The the screen and printing would include the
> the expansion and there would be no issue with the mouse or keyboard.
>
> See UAAG for more information:
> http://www.w3.org/TR/UAAG/guidelines.html#tech-conditional-content
>
> Jon
>
> Jesper Tverskov in his article states:
> 1. The expansion can only be seen on the screen not when the document is
printed.
>
> 2. The expansion only works for the mouse not for ordinary keyboard users.
>
> 3. The expansion is worthless for scanning. It can only be seen if you
hover the mouse pointer over the short hand.
>
> 4. The browser most people use, IE for Windows, does not support ABBR but
only ACRONYM; and even this tag is only rendered with a tool tip. The user
must hover the mouse pointer over every single abbreviation to find out
where some additional information is hidden.
>
>
> On Fri, 9 Jan 2004, Jesper Tverskov wrote:
>
> >
> > Hi,
> >
> > The drafts for WCAG 2.0 and XHTML 2.0 have thrown new light on how to
use ABBR and ACRONYM.
> >
> > I have just published an article discussing the problems:
> >
> > http://www.SmackTheMouse.com/20040108
> >
> > - - -
> >
> > Jesper Tverskov
> > www.SmackTheMouse.com
> >
> >
>
>
>
Received on Friday, 9 January 2004 09:25:25 UTC

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