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From: Bailey, Bruce <Bruce_Bailey@ed.gov>
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 2001 10:10:57 -0500
Message-ID: <5DCA49BDD2B0D41186CE00508B6BEBD030055D@wdcrobexc01.ed.gov>
To: "'w3c-wai-ig@w3.org'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, "'sean@mysterylights.com'" <sean@mysterylights.com>
Cc: "'kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com'" <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
Okay, I'm confused!  The result of one of those "thousand times before"
discussion lead me quite clearly to understand that, in actual practice, the
ONLY difference between ABBR and ACRONYM is that the latter should be read
(mentally, or out loud) as a word and that the former should be spelled out.

The problem with Sean's example is that he should use:
	<acronym>EARL</acronym> uses <abbr>URL</abbr>s.

To summarize the rest of the last long discussion on this topic:
(1)  The denotative distinction between an acronym and abbreviation is not
(2)  The distinction gets more muddled when one considers other languages.
(3)  The only reasonably approach in HTML is to treat one as a "word" and
the other as "spell out" and not to otherwise sweat the detail.
(4)  Other concise attempts at distinguishing between the two (like one uses
periods, the other doesn't) went down in flames.
(5)  IE will expand (via mouse-over pop-up) a title attribute in ABBR but
not ACRONYM.  (Or was that the other way around?  I love consistent browser
behavior.)  But who here codes to idiosyncratic browser behavior?

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Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 08:42:24 -0800
To: "Sean B. Palmer" <sean@mysterylights.com>
From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Subject: Re: Acronyms... With Indistinct Spellings

At 08:16 AM 1/31/2001 , Sean B. Palmer wrote:
>Acronyms are meant to be pronounced, yes?

Stop right there -- that's not clear at all.  There is no
consensus that anything marked up with the <acronym> tag is
meant to be pronounced in any given manner in any given

>This has probably been discussed a thousand times before...

Yes, and inconclusively so.  There is no link between <acronym>
and any given pronunciation of the content of the element.

There is currently no way to mark up a specific pronunciation
for any text in (X)HTML.  Your question can be applied equally
to non-acronym text as well:

    Do I spell 'wright' the write way when I right it with my
    rite hand?

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