"ACRONYM"?

Holger Wahlen (wahlen@ph-cip.Uni-Koeln.DE)
Sat, 26 Jul 1997 01:07:44 +0200


Date: Sat, 26 Jul 1997 01:07:44 +0200
Message-Id: <199707252307.AA10443@jupiter.ph-cip.Uni-Koeln.DE>
To: www-html@w3.org
From: wahlen@ph-cip.Uni-Koeln.DE (Holger Wahlen)
Subject: "ACRONYM"?

Is there any reason why the HTML 4.0 draft refers to
initialisms as "acronyms" and even names an element this way?
According to all dictionaries and encyclopedias that I have
checked, an acronym is a combination of other words' first
letters to a new *word* ("radar", "laser"), something that is
*not* "spoken by pronouncing the individual letters
separately" - with regard to the pronunciation thus the exact
opposite of what the draft talks about, "HTTP", "URL" and so
on.

Any chance to change that part and the element name?
<INITIALISM> ... </INITIALISM> may be a bit unhandy - <INIT>
perhaps?

Holger
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