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Re: abbr and acronym

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2007 23:51:31 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200703242351.l2ONpVO00309@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org

> All acronyms are just a subset of abbreviations, so there's no need for 
> an extra element.

The big problem with acronyms is that the word is certainly more often
misused than not in British English and there seems to be an argument 
that it really doesn't have the British English meaning of an abbreviation
that forms a pronouncable word, which is spoken as a word, when used in
other languages, and possibly even in other regional variants of English.

The reason that it is a special subset of abbreviation is that it requires
special handling in text to speech applications.

It is a source of frequent debate, on these lists!
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