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Re: Use of abbr for the scientiifc equivalent of a vernacular name


From: Tim Beadle
Date: Apr 30, 2008 6:10AM

On Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 1:02 PM, Andy Mabbett < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Can anyone see any accessibility issues with this pattern:
> <abbr title="Passer domesticus">House Sparrow</abbr>
> I suspect the former, but would like confirmation; or otherwise, preferably.
> Perhaps we need a <pseudonym> element? ;-)

It's surely a similar problem to the abbr datetime pattern in
Microformats? Anyone who has configured abbreviation expansion will
hear the Latin name, rather than the English one, and may be confused.

Could you make it a user-configurable option? i.e. "Display species
names in Latin" / "Display species names in English".