Benjamin Franz (
Mon, 28 Jul 1997 10:24:54 -0700 (PDT)

Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 10:24:54 -0700 (PDT)
From: Benjamin Franz <>
Subject: Re: "ACRONYM"?
In-Reply-To: <Pine.WNT.3.95.970728070739.-148885B-100000@holly>
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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