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Re: Abbreviations and Acronyms

From: <75819671@it.ibm.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 10:39:02 +0200
To: Ryan Fischer <fischer@email.unc.edu>
cc: Kjetil Kjernsmo <kjetil.kjernsmo@astro.uio.no>, www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <C125680B.002F85A8.00@d14mta01.it.ibm.com>


Right.  That's the difference between abbreviations and acronyms.  I
don't see why the W3C doesn't understand that.  It's the acronyms that
have idiosyncratic pronounciations.  Abbreviations don't.  That's why
they're only considered abbreviations and not acronyms.

Simple. Because any distinction founded on prounance should take in
consideration that the same term can be prounanced differently in different
languages. And since ABBRV is a tag of a programming language, you cannot define
it based on the assumption that you speak a specific language, especially now
that by XML I can create tags in every language supported by Unicode. W3C is
starting to understand International issues that usually in the past have been
ignored. I was really "amused" reading in the XML Schema specs that authors were
surprised that in the ISO standards for dates the MM/DD/YYYY format was not
allowed ;-) We in the "rest of the world" had to fight every day for years with
programs thinking only in terms of inches, american keyboards, non-international
phone number formats, and so forth in applications. Now it is time to think
"international" ;-)))

Dr. Dario de Judicibus - IBM Global Services
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