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Re: Promotion of XHTML

From: Sander Tekelenburg <tekelenb@euronet.nl>
Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2003 03:10:15 +0100
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At 00:31 -0800 UTC, on 12/31/02, Tantek Çelik wrote:

> On 12/30/02 10:55 PM, "Devon Y." <vehementpetal@hotmail.com> wrote:


>> Small point... IE doesn't support HTMLs' <abbr>, which means it wouldn't
>> support XHTMLs' <abbr> either.
> IE5+/Mac supports <abbr>.

Depends on how you define "support". IE 5.x for Mac OS kind of supports
<ABBR>, in that it recognizes it and provides the user with the contents of
its TITLE attribute (through a tooltip) when the user mouses over it. But its
default Style Sheet does not offer the user any clue that there is a TITLE
attribute to be found. It requieres an author or user Style Sheet to provide
that clue.

I suppose that in the strictest sense, you could therefore say Mac IE 5.x
supports <ABBR>. However, when you consider this sentence from the HTML 4.01
specs "The ABBR and ACRONYM elements allow authors to *clearly indicate*
occurrences of abbreviations and acronyms.", [emphasis mine] then maybe it
becomes a bit of a stretch to say that Mac IE 5.x supports <ABBR>.

I like how Mozilla followed iCab's example by dotted-underlining <ABBR>, and
improved upon it by allowing alteration of that presentation through CSS.

Sander Tekelenburg, <http://www.euronet.nl/~tekelenb/>
Received on Tuesday, 7 January 2003 04:47:57 UTC

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