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Suggestion: <term /> element, or associated elements revision

From: Jens Meiert <jens.meiert@erde3.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2003 20:03:01 +0200 (MEST)
To: www-html@w3.org
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Just came across the <abbr /> and <acronym /> elements... since I use both
of them pretty often, I felt the need for a third element describing technical
terms or special words (would suggest something like <term />, as mentioned
in the subject), and I don't know any alternative for it.

Concrete example: I use the word 'captology' on my site, so this is not very
known, and it is neither an abbreviation nor an acronym. I'd like to explain
it via

     <term title="Computers as Persuasive Technologies">Captology</term>

and I think this would be really useful... but since I'm not sure if <abbr
/> and <acronym /> will stand XHTML 2.0, I don't know if <term /> would be
needed anyway.

At least, if you consider adding e.g. <term />, it is maybe even easier and
more useful to throw away all these elements and introduce a kind of
<explanation /> element, replacing all of them since they all explain anythin, either
an acronym or a term. All browsers could display this e.g. via the tooltip
behaviour (like some of them already do).

What do you think about it?

 Jens Meiert.

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