[thelist] Use of <abbr title>

Hardacker, Andrew Andrew.Hardacker at Compuware.com
Fri Mar 15 08:35:00 CST 2002

The test of a true acronym is often assumed to be that it SHOULD be
pronounceable as a word within the normal word patterns of English. By such
a reckoning, BBC is not an acronym but an abbreviation; whereas Nato ( =
North Atlantic Treaty Organization), being pronounceable like Cato, is an

The original post concerned the use of the <abbr> and <acronym> tags. The
pertinent question now that the definitions are settled:  how should
speech-readers render an <acronym>? At one time a "pronounce" attribute was
proposed, then dropped.

<acronym pronounce="no">XML</acronym> but we know now that XML is not an

Speech-readers will probably read the title attribute, so would you code

<acronym title="Portable Network Graphic">PNG</acronym>


<acronym title="ping">PNG</acronym> ?

Just curious.

Andy Hardacker

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