[whatwg] Abbreviations (was: W3C compatibility)
david at empyree.org
Mon Feb 12 08:47:29 PST 2007
On Mon, 12 Feb 2007 11:30:02 -0500, David Walbert wrote:
> 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?
Until lexicalisation comes into play. Lexicalisation is the fact that a
word becomes so used that it is not considered an abbreviation anymore
- example include BARBARA from the alchemists and more recently, LASER.
> <abbr title="Mister" class="wordpart">Mr.</abbr>
> <abbr title="January" class="wordpart">Jan.</abbr>
That is what I call abbreviation (I'm French) and so is a subset
[abbr-sub], but the English usage seems to be that abbreviation is the
We would have to decide whether:
* we have abbr-sub. We may need another word for the tag, if we take
the microformat route
* we have abbr-sup. We may need another word for the class, if we take
the microformat route ("contraction", as suggested earlier, looks good).
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