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Use of abbr for the scientific equivalent of a vernacular name


From: Andy Mabbett
Date: Apr 30, 2008 3:30PM

In message <01e001c8aae3$48901780$0500000a@DOCENDO>, Jukka K. Korpela
< <EMAIL REMOVED> > writes

>(the Latin name for the house sparrow is just "passer", not /Passer
>domesticus/, the proper spelling and presentation of the binomial
>scientific name)

It's not often I get to tell you you're talking complete rubbish; but
this is one such occasion.

The House Sparrow is Passer domesticus.

The Tree Sparrow is (oddly) Passer montanus.

Both species - along with others - are members of the *genus* Passer.

> definitely consists of Latin words more than anything else. Thus, the
>markup violates checkpoint 4.1 in WCAG 1.0, a Priority 1 item:

And this is another, since /Scientific names/ (*not* Latin names) are
not true Latin at all (per alvestrand URL, below).

(That said; I have discussed the need for a (pesduo-) language code for
scientific names previously, at length, elsewhere:


The lack of such is one of the things that lead me to propose the
"species" microformat:

<http://microformats.org/wiki/species>; )

Andy Mabbett
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