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Re: WCAG 2 draft and abbreviations


From: Patrick H. Lauke
Date: May 31, 2007 9:30AM

Quoting Tim Beadle < <EMAIL REMOVED> >:

> 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 disagree on this. Depending on context, I would write out the full
form + abbreviation in brackets, regardless of whether it's a holdover
from print or not...it makes it immediately usable by all users.

As for the remaining occurrences, again: depends on context, but I'd
try to mark all occurrences up with ABBR.

Patrick H. Lauke