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Re: Abbreviations and Acronyms

From: NunoACHenriques <nach@students.si.fct.unl.pt>
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 14:14:25 +0000 (GMT)
To: Kjetil Kjernsmo <kjetil.kjernsmo@astro.uio.no>
cc: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.3.96.991014135846.11284B-100000@students.si.fct.unl.pt>
	Greetings!

	I must agree with Kjetil, in portuguese: "WWW" is considered an
acronym and _not_ an abbreviation like "spec" from "specification".

	We really distinguish the acronyms (the first letters or syllables of
two or more words) from abbreviations (one or more letters in substitution of
a word or expression), so I think that the spec. of the HTML needs a few
changes here:

http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/text.html#edef-ABBR

	...
			Bem haja,
				NunoACHenriques
				~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
				http://students.fct.unl.pt/users/nuno

On Thu, 14 Oct 1999, Kjetil Kjernsmo wrote:

> Thanks to everybody who has responded, it has been very illuminating.
> 
> If I have learned anything, then, as earlier mentioned by
> John Whelan these two examples from the spec are wrong:
>            <ABBR title="World Wide Web">WWW</ABBR>
>            <ABBR lang="fr" 
>                  title="Soci&eacute;t&eacute; Nationale des Chemins de Fer">
>               SNCF
>            </ABBR>
> These are then not abbrevations, they are acronyms. Right?
> 
> So I think some changes are needed...
> 
> Then, there is the problem with pronouncing things letter by letter vs.
> as a word, and the problem with things that should always be expanded. As
> long as these problems are not addressed by the distinction between the
> elements, I feel that there might not be a need for both elements.  
> 
> Best,
> 
> Kjetil
> -- 
> Kjetil Kjernsmo
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> 
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