Rob (
Mon, 28 Jul 1997 12:15:53 -0500

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From: "Rob" <>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 12:15:53 -0500
Subject: Re: "ACRONYM"?
CC: Dave Raggett <>, "Martin J. Duerst" <>,

On Mon, 28 Jul 1997 Martin J. Duerst wrote:

> 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
> [..]
> >   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?

It would. Better to use <span style="pronounce: spellout"> or some 
ACSS (Aural CSS) equivalenet.

A 'stronger' method might be to refer to an ID or general CLASS in a
dictionary element, ( defined in the HEAD element or a separate file
in the same way Scripts or Style Sheets are).

Or maybe add something to the CSS spec to take the TITLE attribute as 
input and optionally read that (for speech synth) or display a pop-up 
helper window (for GUI apps):

  <span class=Acronym title="British Broadcasting Company>BBC</span>

Robert Rothenburg Walking-Owl (
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