Abbreviations and expansion

Hi folks,

There is a discussion going on in the WCAG group about abbreviations, and
when/how to expand them. I figured that a part of this could be usefully done
by a proxy service, or a real semantic web beasty.

The basic idea is to provide some kind of dictionary that can use different
collections of sources to look up an abbreviation and provide an expansion. A
real abbreviation could also include a defining instance of an expansion in a
page, that could then be used by such a beast. One of the benefits of this
would be to automate the exapnasion process in authoring tools, which could
be a useful place for these things to be implemented (the other of course is

Any interest in the idea here?

Charles McCN

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