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Error http://www.w3.org/TR/2001/WD-xhtml1-20011004/

From: Christian Hujer <Christian@hujer.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2001 21:38:00 +0200
To: www-html-editor@w3.org
Message-ID: <15vOQD-0d5y7MC@fmrl01.sul.t-online.com>
In section 1.2, it is said "XML™ is the shorthand for Extensible Markup
Language, and is an acronym of Extensible Markup Language [XML]."
But XML is not an acronym, it is an abbreviation.
An acronym can be pronounced as if it was a word and might seem as a word, while if it can only be spelled, it's just an abbreviation.

Examples of acronyms:
GNU
Linux
NATO
UNO
Laser

Mixture Category (abbreviations that are pronounced as if they were differently spelled acronyms):
DSSSL (Dissel)
SCSI (Skuzy)

Examples of abbreviations that are not acronyms:
SGML
IETF
TCP/IP

Or do you regularly pronounce "XML" like "Ximel" instead of "eks-em-el" or "iks-em-el"? Then I am sorry for this false error report, but then that should be stated in the Recommendation about XML.

Greetings

Christian Hujer
Received on Sunday, 21 October 2001 15:38:17 UTC

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