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Re: Abbreviations and Acronyms

From: <75819671@it.ibm.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 10:31:17 +0200
To: Kjetil Kjernsmo <kjetil.kjernsmo@astro.uio.no>
cc: Ryan Fischer <fischer@email.unc.edu>, www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <C125680B.002ECEB1.00@d14mta01.it.ibm.com>


"Note that abbreviations and acronyms often have idiosyncratic
pronunciations. For example, while "IRS" and "BBC" are typically
pronounced letter by letter, "NATO" and "UNESCO" are pronounced
phonetically. Still other abbreviated forms (e.g., "URI" and "SQL") are
spelled out by some people and pronounced as words by other people. When
necessary, authors should use style sheets to specify the pronunciation of
an abbreviated form."

And you should also consider that the same acronym can be pronunceable in a
language but not in another. For example, ICQ is a typical acronym that was
intended to be prounanced in a way that sounds as meaningful (I seek you) BUT
only in English. In Italian you prounance it by spelling the single characters,
that is EE-CHEE-KYU.  We should be very careful to define terms and standards
for an International environment like Internet assuming that what is valid in a
country (usually USA) should be also valid in others.

Dr. Dario de Judicibus - IBM Global Services
ICM EMEA South Region Deployment Support Leader
EMEA Knowledge Management Consulting Group
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