[thelist] Acronym and abbr tags

Steven Streight steven.streight at gmail.com
Mon Jan 29 08:36:33 CST 2007

If the screen reader says "dee oh see", for Department of Corrections, we
might have a rap song going on here.


On 1/29/07, Lee kowalkowski <lee.kowalkowski at googlemail.com> wrote:
> On 29/01/07, tim <tim at hyperlinkage.com> wrote:
> > we are discussing how a screen reader will act when
> > encountering an abbreviation or acronym on a web page.
> >
> > Traditionally, acronyms are *pronouncable* words such as LASER and NASA,
> > while an abbreviation such as NCB must be spoken as a series of letters.
> >   As HTML provides us with two different elements, I think it's
> > important to make this distinction.
> Does this mean there might be some additional consideration for
> deciding which to use?  Whether or not the element should be read as a
> word or spelled-out?  "doc" is a pronounceable abbreviation (of
> "doctor" or "document"), but not an acronym.  How would a screen
> reader read "doc" when it's in an ABBR element?  "Dee-oh-see" or
> "doc"?
> --
> Lee
> --

Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate
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