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Re: WCAG 2 draft and abbreviations


From: Jared Smith
Date: May 31, 2007 11:10AM

On 5/31/07, Loretta Guarino Reid < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> I just wanted to clarify that WCAG 2.0 does not say that if you use
> abbr, you should expand all occurrences.

> See the sufficient techniques
> section of "Understanding Success Criterion 3.1.4 (Abbreviations)":

That's the page I was referring to. It indicates that for the first
occurrence of an abbreviation, I can do one of:
1. Provide the abbreviation after the expanded form
2. Link to a definition
3. Use abbr or acronym

For all occurrences of an abbreviation, I can use one of:
1. Link to the definition (I would argue that one link to the
definition would typically be better than 20 links in the same page to
the same definition)
2. Provide a glossary using the link element
3. Provide a function to search an on-line dictionary (many or perhaps
most abbreviations will not be found in a dictionary)
4. Use a dictionary cascade (I have no idea what this is)
5. Use abbr or acronym

Doesn't this mean that if I use abbr alone, I must expand every
occurrence? Or am I misinterpreting something?