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RE: acronym and abbreviation markup - insert full stops??

From: John Colby <John.Colby@uce.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2005 13:17:46 +0100
Message-ID: <294B4B3243E76C4BA4FF7F54003B3BE103839F5F@exchangea.staff.uce.ac.uk>
To: "Christophe Strobbe" <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

I really think we have to ignore semantics and look at bugs in IE here -
IE does not correctly display tooltips for <abbr> but does for <acronym>

However XHTML 2 does not have <acronym> in the language definition but
does have <abbr>
but that's in the future.

In order to get tooltips to display correctly then <acronym> is the only
practicable method we have in our armoury, an we should get the thing to
work and not bother about the precise distinction.

As for full stops - this is a matter for the organisation - how they
call themselves. It may matter to speech readers, though, how they
phrase their output.


John Colby 
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Room F328a, Feeney Building, University of Central England,
Franchise Street, Perry Barr, Birmingham B42 2SU
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Sent: 10 October 2005 09:06
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Subject: Re: acronym and abbreviation markup - insert full stops??

Hi David and all,

At 08:12 10/10/2005, David Woolley wrote:

 > For example <acronym>B.B.C</acronym> for BBC.

To re-raise an old chestnut, BBC is not an acronym in the British
English definition of acronym.

My own searches in British English dictionaries [1] showed that "the 
British English definition of acronym" does not exist. Most say that 
acronyms are "usually" pronounced as a word and add a reference to 
"initialism", but if "initialism" is not in the dictionary, the
of acronym does not say anything about pronunciation (thereby implicitly

blurring the distinction between acronym and initialism).

Regarding the insertion of full stops, my advice is to consult an 
up-to-date dictionary, just as for other issues of orthography.



Christophe Strobbe

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