[whatwg] W3C compatibility

David Walbert dwalbert at learnnc.org
Mon Feb 12 08:30:02 PST 2007

On Feb 12, 2007, at 9:20 AM, Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis wrote:

> David Latapie wrote:
>> Consequently, what about a microformat?
> Hmm.
> <span class="ex-acronym">CERN</span>
> <abbr title="Federal Bureau of Investigation"
> class="initialism">FBI</abbr>
> <abbr title="National Aeronautics and Space Administration"
> class="acronym">NASA</abbr>
> <abbr title="Lieutenant" class="contraction">Leut.</abbr>
> Any others?

So "initialism" is a sequence of initial letters that is pronounced  
as individual letters, and "acronym" is a sequence of initial letters  
that is pronounced as if it were a word. Both are printed in all caps  
(by default anyway). Yes?

What about an abbreviation for a single word:

<abbr title="Mister" class="wordpart">Mr.</abbr>
<abbr title="January" class="wordpart">Jan.</abbr>

In this case the abbreviation is always pronounced as the word it  
abbreviates (title attribute), so a screen reader would simply read  
the title attribute and move on. (Of course "wordpart" is an  
unpleasant sort of class name, but...)

David Walbert
LEARN NC, UNC-Chapel Hill
dwalbert at learnnc.org

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