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Re: Acronyms and Abbreviations

From: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 08:44:42 -0400
Message-ID: <38105C3A.DACEC31F@htmlhelp.com>
To: www-html@w3.org
John Whelan wrote:
> My guess, based mostly on the fact that 1) ACRONYM is better supported
> by browsers and 2) "abbreviation" is a more generic term, is that
> ACRONYM was invented first as a proprietary extension with the intent
> of marking up presentational ideas like putting acronyms in small
> caps, and when the W3C incorporated it into HTML4, they decided that
> its use to provide expansions to acronyms (via the TITLE attribute)
> also applied to more general abbreviations, whence the ABBR element.
> Starting from scratch, I at least would have only defined ABBR, as
> many people consider acronyms (a language-dependent concept anyway)
> to be a subset of abbreviations.
> Is this close to the truth?

I don't think so.  HTML 3.0 had both an ACRONYM and ABBREV element
before browsers had implemented either.  See

Liam Quinn
A Real Validator for Windows, http://arealvalidator.com
Web Design Group, http://www.htmlhelp.com
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