[whatwg] Use-cases for <abbr title> (was: Re: Feeedback on <dfn>, <abbr>, and other elements related to cross-references)

Simon Pieters simonp at opera.com
Mon Apr 21 14:26:01 PDT 2008

On Mon, 21 Apr 2008 00:26:46 +0200, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:

> I've also made the title="" attribute on
> <abbr> required, [...]

>> There are legitimate reasons to not fill up the title attribute of
>> <abbr>. Or should <abbr> be disallowed in these situations?
> I've disallowed it.

What's the point? There's no harm in titleless <abbr>s. All you're  
achieving here is annoying authors who use titleless <abbr>, maybe as a  
styling hook to achieve small-caps (e.g.  
uses "<abbr>WCAG</abbr>").

Simon Pieters
Opera Software

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