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Re: 'acronym' semantics

From: Simon Jessey <simon@jessey.net>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2003 08:37:22 -0400
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Etan Wexler" <ewexler@stickdog.com>
Subject: 'acronym' semantics

> All of your acronyms are abbreviations, by definition. The 'acronym'
> type has exactly the same fundamental semantics as the 'abbr' element type
> has. The 'acronym' element type merely adds the presentational hint,
> "Pronounce like a normal word".

Isn't that a bit like saying all of your <strong> elements have the same
fundamental semantics as your <em> elements, but with a presentational hint
that "emphasis should be stronger"? I've seen suggestions that
<strong>...</strong> should be replaced with <em><em>...</em></em>.

Back to acronyms and abbreviations. What about specifying the type of
abbreviation like this? -

<abbr type="initialism"
      title="Cascading Style Sheets">CSS</abbr>

<abbr type="abbreviation"

<abbr type="acronym"
      title="Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code">BASIC</abbr>

<abbr type="recursive"
      title="VISA International Service Association">VISA</abbr>

<abbr type="mnemonic"
      title="Web Standards Project">WaSP</abbr>

<abbr type="acronym"
      title="Abbreviating by Cropping Remainders Off Names to Yield

I know it looks a little long-winded, but it gives the purists an option to
give deeper meaning to an abbreviation, does it not?

Simon Jessey

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