[thelist] Acronym and abbr tags

Steven Streight steven.streight at gmail.com
Sat Jan 27 07:39:11 CST 2007

Using a tooltip for every instance of NCB that, on hover, pops up a tiny
window containing the definition of the acronym, is a great idea, after
having defined it in text on the site on the first occurence.

I still think it's important to also keep in mind, where appropriate, that
users could land on any unrestricted page of a site upon any visit, so the
first instance of an acronym, on the first usage of the acronym according to
linear progression through the pages of a site, as the site owner wants or
expects or hopes the users will primarily progress, this first instance
definition may not suffice.

Then again, no web site probably can ever be 100% perfect, nor usable for
every user imaginable.

On 1/27/07, Joel D Canfield <joel at streamliine.com> wrote:
> > > nor do they offer the ability to let the user choose whether
> > > they want acronyms expanded always, never, or on first use.
> >
> > Nor does a printed web page!
> well, if they made the decision before printing, it would print whatever
> was displayed (assuming the print CSS agreed; otherwise, the print
> version could be forced to adopt your organization's style guide for
> print.)
> joel
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