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Re: Deprecate <accronym> (was: Brainstorming - abbreviations)

From: Noah Slater <nslater@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2007 00:21:37 +0000
Message-ID: <9ea1c1180703241721i19928667v1266dd40b97132f6@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Rimantas Liubertas" <rimantas@gmail.com>
Cc: public-html@w3.org

> <...> Two elements aren't needed. The semantic distinctions between abbr and
> > acronym are murky at best.


The differences are very distinct.

> <...> These elements are really only useful to super-conscientious authors who
> > are trying to be helpful to their readers. There is absolutely no need
> > whatever to distinguish between acronyms and abbreviations for these uses.


Acronyms, initialisms. and abbreviations all need to be spoken differently.

> > So why kill acronym and not abbr? Semantically, abbreviation is the
> > broader category. Not every acronym is an abbreviation.


All acronyms are abbreviations.

People keep forgetting initialisms. There is an important difference.


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