[WSG] 5.3 Expansion of abbreviations and acronyms in a document

2008-05-17 Thread Lewis, Matthew


Unsure about best practice approach for acronym within a link, which  
may not be ether of these examples...


a href=http://.co.nz/rss/; title=Real Simple Syndication News  
FeedRSS News Feed/a


a href=http://.co.nz/rss/; acronym title=Real Simple  
SyndicationRSS/acronym News Feed/a




Many thanks

Matt


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Re: [WSG] 5.3 Expansion of abbreviations and acronyms in a document

2008-05-17 Thread russ - maxdesign
 a href=http://.co.nz/rss/; acronym title=Real Simple
 SyndicationRSS/acronym News Feed/a

I'd go for something similar to your option 2:

a href=http://.co.nz/rss/;
abbr title=Rich Site SummaryRSS/abbr News Feed
/a

The advantage of using the abbr element instead of just the a is that
users can hover over the RSS and receive additional information.

Why an abbr instead of an acronym?

It comes down to personal opinion but RSS is actually an initialism not an
acroynm.

Initialisms
An abbreviation pronounced as the names of the individual letters formed
only from the initial letter of constituent words.

Acronyms
An acronym is defined as a WORD formed from the initial letters of a
multi-word name. 

Initialisms - like CSS or RSS - should be marked up as abbreviations - abbr.

HTH
Russ




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