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Suggestion for the <abbr/> Element title specification

From: Herr Christian Wolfgang Hujer <Christian.Hujer@itcqis.com>
Date: Mon, 12 May 2003 22:52:09 +0200
To: www-html-editor@w3.org
Message-Id: <200305122252.13012.Christian.Hujer@itcqis.com>

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Hello dear editors,

I have a suggestion for the <abbr/> Element title specification in case you'd 
decide the title is only required once:

"User Agents should hash all occuring abbreviations with their title, so that 
for multiple occurrences of the same abbreviation within the same document 
instance only the first occurrence is required to carry the title attribute, 
while for all subsequent occurrences of the same abbreviation the element 
markup will be sufficient. User Agents will then display their title in the 
same manner as if the title attribute has been declared.

Example:
<p><abbr title="Extensible Hypertext Markup Language">XHTML</abbr> 2.0 is the 
successor of <abbr>XHTML</abbr> 1.1, which was the successor of 
<abbr>XHTML</abbr> 1.0.</p>
will have the same effect as
<p><abbr title="Extensible Hypertext Markup Language">XHTML</abbr> 2.0 is the 
successor of <abbr title="Extensible Hypertext Markup Language">XHTML</abbr> 
1.1, which was the successor of <abbr title="Extensible Hypertext Markup 
Language">XHTML</abbr> 1.0.</p>

I'm no English native speaker, so pleace feel free do with the above what you 
want.

I don't suggest specifying automatic inheritance of abbr title attributes of 
their preceeding abbr elements with the same element content text is a good 
idea, I only suggest it is an idea, another idea would be to say the title 
attribute must always be specified in order to take the full effect of the 
abbreviation or specify the title attribute at good will, I just suggest you 
make some statement about the title attribute concerning its occurence and 
repitition at all.


Good bye
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