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Re: WCAG 2 draft and abbreviations

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From: Tim Beadle
Date: May 31, 2007 9:10AM


On 31/05/07, Peter Weil < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Example: "The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
> (UNHCR) was established in 1950 to provide protection and assistance
> to refugees."

This technique is a hangover from the print world, where you can't
obviously have an <abbr> or <acronym> element to expand the
abbreviation.

I'd replace that with <abbr title="The United Nations High Commission
for Human Rights">UNHCR</abbr> for the first occurrence, or the first
occurrence after each H1 if that's your chosen solution.

I started suggesting a clever print style sheet solution involving
attribute selectors (as per
http://www.alistapart.com/articles/goingtoprint) but would have ended
up with the abbreviation and the expansion transposed. It's the end of
a long day here, so I'll leave it to others to take up the baton on
that one; suffice it to say that it *may* be possible to create the
above example in print CSS (in supportive browsers, at least).

Best regards,

Tim