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Re: <abbr></abbr> - use once or use many?

From: Orion Adrian <orion.adrian@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2005 09:54:53 -0400
Message-ID: <abd6c8010507230654107b750b@mail.gmail.com>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Given some of the usability studies that have come out, it seems that
repeating it isn't a bad idea at all since these studies show that
most users don't in fact read every linebut rather scan looking for
whatever is of interest to them. I say, and do, repeat it on every

As for the screen readers, they need to get smarter.

Orion Adrian

On 7/23/05, David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk> wrote:
> > Whilst guidelines call for <abbr></abbr> to be used on the first
> > occurrence of an abbreviation, I have always tended to use it on all
> > occurrences, to save the reader having to go back to look for the
> > definition, should they forget it.
> That goes against pre-computer document conventions.  Generally, if
> you repeat the full form, you don't need to use the abbreviation
> at all in traditional documents.


Orion Adrian
Received on Saturday, 23 July 2005 13:54:55 UTC

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