[thelist] Acronym and abbr tags

Joel D Canfield joel at streamliine.com
Fri Jan 26 11:10:42 CST 2007

> i can think of one which has ~three times~ as many syllables 
> when spoken as 
> the expression it stands for

and is, as far as I know, entirely obsolete; or would be, if all wwweb
servers were properly configured

the point that the acronym question has been addressed in print for a
couple hundred years is well taken, but the web isn't print, even when
it comes to style. or maybe, *especially* when it comes to style.

books don't have the multidimensional ability to refer to the full text
of an acronym every single time it's used without cluttering a reader's
vision. nor do they offer the ability to let the user choose whether
they want acronyms expanded always, never, or on first use. the web lets
you do that, should you so choose. that way, you don't have to decide on
behalf of the user which is best.


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