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Re: abbreviations


From: Geof Collis
Date: May 26, 2010 10:15AM

Hi Dan

Personally I dont use <abbr> tags, I always expand the abbreviation
or acronym the first instance on a page and I have JAWS set to ignore
them. I just dont consider it that important but I'm willing to
listen to counter arguments.



At 11:02 AM 5/26/2010, you wrote:
>Apologies if this has been discussed ad nauseam already.
>I know Jared has said in the past that WebAIM has shifted away from
>abbreviating from abbreviating common terms like HTML. I've considered
>this -- I expand things like PDF and etc, which probably do more harm
>than good -- but haven't actually changed anything yet, as our grant is
>nearly up and I plan on doing a site revamp if/when we're refunded.
>I'm being forced to confront the issue now, though, as I'm formatting a
>long article on HIV/AIDS, and I think having the text 'Human
>Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome' repeated at
>least once a paragraph would get wordy (and confusing) very quickly.
>So: is this something I should just let slide without a tag? Should I
>give them plain <abbr> tags? I don't know how screen readers would
>approach it, or if people are used to hearing 'hiv' pronounced and can
>auto-correct it in their head.
>Dan Conley
>Information Specialist
>Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and
>Exchange (CIRRIE)
>University at Buffalo, Health Sciences Library B6
>Phone: (716) 829-5728