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

> <...> 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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Received on Sunday, 25 March 2007 13:33:53 UTC