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Re: abbr and acronym

From: Yahia <cyahia@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2007 18:03:47 -0000
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.tppggli84lprl1@poste0>

In the conclusion of the document [1], it is stated that
> The specification for XHTML 2.0, WCAG 2.0
> and other relevant specifications, should specify
> that ABBR and similar tags are for machines only
> and that plain text is the only usable and accessible
> solution when abbreviations need to be expanded
> for end users directly.

I'm not sure this is true, since a website author can put the following  
CSS in his/her stylesheet
> abbr:after, acronym:after
> { content: " (" attr(title) ")" }
and make his text show the expanded abbreviation within parentheses  
without having to put it explicitly aside from the <abbr> or <acronym>'s  
title attribute.

Patrick H. wrote:
> All acronyms are just a subset of abbreviations,
> so there's no need for an extra element.
I agree with that.

[1] http://www.smackthemouse.com/20040108#h2-11


On Fri, 23 Mar 2007 14:37:07 -0000, Leandro Guimarães Faria Corcete DUTRA  
<leandro.dutra@corp.orolix.com> wrote:

> 	I use both the abbr and the acronym extensively.  What is the reasoning
> for not retaining acronym in XHTML 2?
> 	http://www.smackthemouse.com/20040108#h2-1 says ‘I am not going to
> repeat all the arguments why it is impossible to distinguish between
> ABBR and ACRONYM in any sensible way that is workable for web page
> authors. This discussion is now history.’ without providing any
> reference.
> 	Thank you in advance.
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