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RE: ABBR vs ACRONYM, round 57894174803

From: Emmanuelle Gutiérrez y Restrepo <emmanuelle@teleline.es>
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2001 01:01:05 +0100
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Hi all,

Yes, WWW and SNCF are initialisms, and from the point of view of HTML 4.01
and of the natural language they are acronyms, and non abbreviations, but in
the example they appear marked as abbreviations.

Maybe the definitions of the natural language are irrelevant in front of the
definitions in HTML 4.01, but I suppose that the authors created the two
elements with the intention that they completed different functions and I
suppose that will have been based in the existent difference in the natural

If the authors sought that the abbreviations included to the acronym, for
what reason to create two different elements?

Emmanuelle Gutiérrez y Restrepo
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De: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]En
nombre de Kynn Bartlett
Enviado el: lunes, 05 de febrero de 2001 22:49
Para: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Asunto: RE: ABBR vs ACRONYM, round 57894174803

At 02:25 PM 2/5/2001 , Emmanuelle Gutiérrez y Restrepo wrote:
>Both first (WWW and SNCF) they are acronyms

They're initialisms.

>I don't dominate English, like it is evident, but I can assure that in
>Spanish the difference between an abbreviation and an acronym is clear and
>its functions and senses are not interchangeable for what is important that
>these two elements stay.

The difference is clear in ENGLISH, as well, but the HTML 4.01
specification does not use either the English definition or the
Spanish definition.  It make up its own definition, which are:

1.  ABBR - any abbreviated form of a word or words
2.  ACRONYM - any initialism (a subset of "abbreviated forms")

That is the HTML 4.01 definition and natural language definitions
are irrelevant.


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