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Re: Abbreviations and Acronyms

From: Keith Bowes <keith_bowes@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 23:56:06 -0400
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-Id: <199910142356921.SM00448@rqzmlnif>
If there were a way to tell a user agent how to pronounce a  
word, would it not be more sensible to extend aural CSS and  
use the Internation Phonetic Alphabet?

-----Original Message-----

> This means that ACRONYM should also have a title attribute
> which expends it into its canonical form.  But on top of  
that, there should
> be another attribute with pronunciation hints.

I don't think that's necessary.  TITLE should suffice.   
Unless, of course, you have a UA that understands phonetic  
(sp?) spellings and you want to create a new element and/or  
attribute that tells a UA exactly how to say something:

<word phon="ghoti" dict="fish">fish</word>

The PHON attribute, contains the phonetic spelling.  The DICT  
attribute would be a dictionary spelling of fish.  Mine's not  
accurate, I don't think, because the pronounciations I see at  
http://www.dictionary.com seem to differ from those you would  
see in a dictionary like Websters, IIRC.
Received on Thursday, 14 October 1999 23:53:57 UTC

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