[whatwg] Feeedback on <dfn>, <abbr>, and other elements related to cross-references

Michel Fortin michel.fortin at michelf.com
Tue Apr 22 04:03:53 PDT 2008

Le 2008-04-21 à 13:20, Tab Atkins Jr. a écrit :

> Plus, who actually wants to mark up every instance of an abbreviation?
> That's a ton of work for next to no reward, and apparently isn't  
> something
> that can be automated (since there are conflicts between  
> abbreviations and
> actual words).  Mark it up once to expand it, and if you want to  
> refer to
> the original abbreviation again, give it an id and link to it.

Well, fully automated insertion of <abbr> is tricky yes, but there are  
ways to automate the process in a correct way.

With [PHP Markdown Extra][1] for instance, you can define an  
abbreviation somewhere in the document and have it applied to each  
instance of this word through the document. Since abbreviations are  
defined on a per-document basis, presumably by the author, chances are  
they'll be all correct.

  [1]: http://michelf.com/projects/php-markdown/extra/

Michel Fortin
michel.fortin at michelf.com

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