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[whatwg] Acronyms & Abbreviations

From: Christoph Päper <christoph.paeper@crissov.de>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 03:39:59 +0100
Message-ID: <891CD849-F54F-4A5E-90CA-04A37B415137@crissov.de>
2007-12-13 11:27 Smylers:
> why do you believe that distinguishing initialisms-and-acronyms  
> (both labelled as "acronyms") from abbreviations is actually useful?

Abbreviations are usually expanded upon (possibly synthetic) reading  
aloud, acronyms are not (and neither are contractions like /isn't/ or  
shortenings like /spec/).
Acronyms traditionally are set smaller. Some use small caps, but I  
believe those are only valid for minuscules, not majuscules.
Multi-part abbreviations (e.g. /e. g./) are traditionally set with  
reduced width of the spaces in between. This can be achieved in two  
ways, either with &thinsp; (or similar) or by altering |word-spacing|.

That's only the roman script, though.

This discussion has been held many times before here and elsewhere. I  
don't believe there are new arguments to be made.
Received on Thursday, 13 December 2007 18:39:59 UTC

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