[whatwg] [HTML5] 3.10.9. The |abbr| element
lachlan.hunt at lachy.id.au
Thu Nov 2 02:25:48 PST 2006
James Graham wrote:
> Lachlan Hunt wrote:
>> Abbreviation expansions should only be supplied when they help the
>> reader to understand the content, not just because the word happens to
>> be an abbreviation.
> I agree, unless using <abbr> with no title is useful to get the correct
> rendering of abbreviations in non-visual media.
Using <abbr> without a title would be useful if it automatically
referred to a previous instance with the title attribute.
You could mark up the first occurance as like this
<abbr title="As Far as I Know">AFAIK</abbr>
Then, later in the document, you could use it without the title attribute
and a UA could allow the user to discover the expansion. This idea is
already somewhat supported in the current draft, but requires that it
references the defining term of a previously marked up <dfn>, rather
than just another occurrence of the same abbreviation. IMHO, that part
of the spec needs fixing.
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