Martin J. Duerst (
Mon, 28 Jul 1997 15:00:51 +0200 (MET DST)

Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 15:00:51 +0200 (MET DST)
From: "Martin J. Duerst" <>
To: Dave Raggett <>
cc: Holger Wahlen <wahlen@ph-cip.Uni-Koeln.DE>,
Subject: Re: "ACRONYM"?
In-Reply-To: <Pine.WNT.3.95.970728070739.-148885B-100000@holly>
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.96.970728150008.245u-100000@enoshima>

On Mon, 28 Jul 1997, Dave Raggett wrote:

> In the short term, it would be better to be able to indicate in
> the markup that an abbreviation/acronym should be pronounced by
> speaking each of the letters in turn rather than treating it as a
> word. The most obvious name is SPELLOUT which according to the 
> Oxford English dictionary "make out (words etc.) letter by letter".
> Perhaps the HTML 4.0 spec should replace ACRONYM by a new
> attribute on SPAN, e.g.
>   The <span spellout>BBC</span> tonight reported heavy
>   shelling on the Boznian capital.

Wouldn't that make it a presentational attribute, rather suited
for CSS than for HTML?

Regards,	Martin.