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RE: 4.2 WCAG 1.0 Checkpoint

From: Christophe Strobbe <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2005 18:00:43 +0100
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At 17:40 22/11/2005, Patrick Lauke wrote:
Keep in mind that Internet Explorer does not support ABBR...

What exactly is the evidence for this statement?
In the HTML 4 specification I can find no requirement that abbr should be 
underlined and/or that the title should be visible on hover. This behaviour 
is merely inconsistent with Internet Explorer's support for acronym, but is 
not in conflict with the specification. So what is the real evidence for 
saying that IE6 does not support abbr, if such evidence does indeed exist?
Does it mean that certain information is not in the DOM? That screen 
readers can't access the title attribute of abbr because of lacking support 
in IE (not the screen reader!)?
(When Microsoft says that they are going to add support for abbr to IE7, 
does that mean anything else than making it consistent with support for 


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