Re: "ACRONYM"?

Benjamin Franz (snowhare@netimages.com)
Mon, 28 Jul 1997 10:24:54 -0700 (PDT)


Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 10:24:54 -0700 (PDT)
From: Benjamin Franz <snowhare@netimages.com>
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: "ACRONYM"?
In-Reply-To: <Pine.WNT.3.95.970728070739.-148885B-100000@holly>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.3.96.970728102258.23796C-100000@ns.viet.net>

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.

This sounds (no pun intended) more like a presentation issue. I think it
would be more appropriate to use <SPAN CLASS=SPELLOUT>BBC</span> and an
appropriate extension to the stylesheet language.

-- 
Benjamin Franz