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Re: WCAG 2 draft and abbreviations


From: Christophe Strobbe
Date: May 31, 2007 11:20AM

Hi Jared,

At 18:13 31/05/2007, Jared Smith wrote:
>On 5/31/07, Peter Weil < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
>The WCAG 2.0 techniques document says that if you use abbr, you should
>expand all occurrences. I'm not certain I agree.

Actually, the WCAG 2.0 techniques document does not describe
requirements, but provides techniques to meet certain requirements.
When you start from "Understanding Success Criterion 3.1.4
(Abbreviations)" [1], you'll find two alternative situations:
* Situation A: If the abbreviation has only one meaning within the Web page;
* Situation B: If the abbreviation means different things within the
same Web page.

So if you have a page where you use IT as abbreviated form for
Instrucational Technology, where other instances of IT on the same
page mean Information Technology, you have situation B and you need
to provide an expansion or abbreviation for all occurences of "IT".

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/2007/WD-UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20-20070517/#meaning-located

Best regards,


Christophe Strobbe
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on Document Architectures
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