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RE: Suggestion: change abbr to full word

From: Denis Boudreau [ CYBERcodeur.net ] <denis@cybercodeur.net>
Date: Mon, 4 Nov 2002 14:41:27 -0500
To: <www-html@w3.org>
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count me in the lazy group... i code by hand and i can't afford to waste
time writing extra long tags while it could remain short.

<hypertext-markup-language> and <paragraph>

are especially scary.

While we're on the subject, I've always wondered why <blockquote> was so
long :)

As for backwards-compatibility it has already been declared over with xhtml
2.0 I agree it has to happen at one point or another... but hopefully the
changes will make our lives easier, not the other way around.

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From: www-html-request@w3.org [mailto:www-html-request@w3.org]On Behalf
Of Toby Inkster
Sent: November 4, 2002 3:10 AM
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: Suggestion: change abbr to full word



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On Mon, 4 Nov 2002 15:21:37 +0800
"YANG,JI-FENG (HP-China,ex2)" <ji-feng.yang@hp.com> wrote:

| A suggestion for the future of XHTML: change the tags from abbr to full
| word. This kind of tags include p, q ,a, em, ul, dl, dt, ol and so on.
| For example change "p" to "paragraph".

Full word tags are aesthetically nicer (IMHO), but present some ractical
problems.

Firstly, a minor one -- they're bigger, so take longer to download.

Secondly, and probably more importantly for most of us, they're more effort
to type out. Consider:

<html>...</html>
- -vs-
<hypertext-markup-language>...</hypertext-markup-language>

Lastly, it breaks backwards-compatibility. Sure, occasionally
backwards-compatibility needs to be broken -- keeping it for the sake of
keeping it is a mistake -- but it is still a factor to be considered.

A better solution is to try to make sure that all new tags are full words,
but preferably short words -- like the proposed <line> tag.

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