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Re: abbr and acronym

From: Lorenzo De Tomasi <lorenzo.detomasi@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2007 13:28:42 +0100
Message-ID: <5c2a5c380703250528o5868e11ate46107a3fc70d415@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Patrick H. Lauke" <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Cc: www-html@w3.org

I work as information designer for publishers and I use both acronym
and abbreviations, because they have a different semantic value and I
need to assign different styles to them.
For example:
<p>For more informations about <acronym title="Società italiana autori
ed editori">Siae</acronym> read <abbr title="page">p.</abbr> 22 of the
book "Diritto d'autore".</p>

Editorial rules can ask for acronyms ALLCAPS and abbreviations lower
case, so, with the solution above, I can set only one style for
acronym.

I can also choose to use only abbr and to assign a class="acronym" or
"acr" for each acronym, but the code will be longer, will be
discretionary and not a shared standard.

So I would like that both tags will remain in xhtml 2.0.

Thank you very much for your attention.

On 3/24/07, Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk> wrote:
>
> Leandro Guimarães Faria Corcete DUTRA wrote:
> >       I use both the abbr and the acronym extensively.  What is the reasoning
> > for not retaining acronym in XHTML 2?
> >
> >       http://www.smackthemouse.com/20040108#h2-1 says 'I am not going to
> > repeat all the arguments why it is impossible to distinguish between
> > ABBR and ACRONYM in any sensible way that is workable for web page
> > authors. This discussion is now history.' without providing any
> > reference.
>
> All acronyms are just a subset of abbreviations, so there's no need for
> an extra element.
>
> P
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