[whatwg] Feeedback on <dfn>, <abbr>, and other elements related to cross-references
ian at hixie.ch
Wed Nov 26 16:41:33 PST 2008
On Thu, 27 Nov 2008, Calogero Alex Baldacchino wrote:
> Perhaps a silly idea: what if abbreviations could work as an img-map
> couple? That is, i.e., an <abbr> without a title could avail of a, let's
> say, 'ref' attribute indicating the id of a previous <abbr> element with
> a title, and the former could be 'self-closing' (i.e. <abbr ref="#foo"
> />), so by default the UA would substitute it with the referenced
> element content (the unexpanded abbreviation), and, at the user will
> (when he/she clics on the abbreviation, or just stops the pointer, or
> navigates to the abbreviation, or according to any setting in the
> browser options) the abbreviation is expanded. (I guess the above won't
> be agreed because of backward compatibility, though)
What problem would this solve? It's not like including the abbreviation
each time is a great burden.
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