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Re: [Spam] Re: [Spam] Re: Question about HTML abbr and acronym tags

From: Barry Rader <brader@boldinternet.com>
Date: Wed, 09 Jan 2008 09:31:33 -0500
Message-ID: <4784DAC5.6020708@boldinternet.com>
To: www-html@w3.org


Jukka K. Korpela wrote:
 > Tina Holmboe wrote:
 >
 >> On Tue, Jan 08, 2008 at 12:44:16PM -0500, Barry Rader wrote:
 >>
 >>> Using Jukka's Method I could have to scroll up some 500 lines to see
 >>> the first instance.
 >>   It gets better. Given that you may not arrive at the content where
 >>   the content start, you might not even know it /has/ been expanded
 >>   somewhere.
 >
 > If you jump into the middle of some page, you cannot expect to start
 > reading it smoothly. Why would abbreviations and acronyms deserve some
 > _special_ treatment? Strange _terms_ are much more difficult, especially
 > if they are common words in uncommon meanings.
 >
Being that I do lots of Government work I often do bills and legislative 
  pages. Now do you need to read and entire bill to get the entire 
concept or merely do you need to understand a specific section that 
applies to you?

I regularly need to use acronyms, abbreviations, citations and 
definitions acronym and abbr tags give me some way to make the content 
more meaningful when reading it. I suppose I could handle them all the 
same with links to references and glossary terms but in an effort to 
make things as human readable as I know how by using what tools that are 
available to me.

 >>   So either the author need to expand the abbreviation/acronym at
 >>   every single instance, or he/she uses something like the abbr and
 >>   acronym elements.
 >
 > You _would_ then be expanding them at every single instance, just in a
 > title attribute (which will be missed by most visitors).
 >

Not every visitor would need the definitions. Those that do using most 
browsers have the ability to hover over the terms giving them the 
information they require.

 > Jukka K. Korpela ("Yucca")
 > http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/
 >
 >
 >


Barry Rader
Received on Wednesday, 9 January 2008 14:32:02 GMT

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