RE: ABBR vs ACRONYM, round 57894174803

At 12:42 PM 2/5/2001 , Bailey, Bruce wrote:
>Sure, IE "explains" ABBR (via mouse-over pop-up) but does nothing for
>ACRONYM.  Like everyone else, this is helpful for people with learning
>disabilities.  I choose between ABBR and ACRONYM based on a faint irrational
>hope that the next generation of screen readers will make some distinction
>(spell-out vs. pronounce-as-word) between the two.

If they do this, they will be in violation of the HTML 4.01 spec;
lack of compliancy by browsers is a problem, remember?

According to the HTML 4.01 spec, neither <abbr> nor <acronym> should
have any specific pronunciation rules associated with them; this
should be entirely done via style sheets.


Kynn Bartlett <>
Technical Developer Liaison
Customer Management/Team Edapta
Reef North America
Tel +1 909-674-5225

Received on Monday, 5 February 2001 16:45:57 UTC