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Date: May 28, 2010 8:03AM
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On May 28, 2010, at 8:21 AM, Dan Conley wrote:
> >There are some instances where an abbreviation isn't necessary. My
> example of HIV in an article titled Human Immunodeficiency Virus is a
> pretty obvious example.
...and it's not hard to come up with pretty obvious counter-examples too, even within such an article:
"His aids told us everything we needed to know."
"His aides told us everything we needed to know."
> >But I'm very hesitant to say I'm going to
> approach this on a case by case basis, because then I declare myself the
> gatekeeper of what's 'obvious' or not, which won't be the same from
> person to person.
The subject is properly a matter for Standards followed by conforming software implementations. Essentially, the option to identify and use such tags is key.
> >If something is an abbreviation, shouldn't it by definition be given the
> abbreviation markup?
That would be correct best practice. It is up to the consuming software (and the human running the show) to deal with it.
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