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Re: abbreviations


From: Jared Smith
Date: May 28, 2010 1:30PM

On Fri, May 28, 2010 at 11:51 AM, Geof Collis < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> How am I wrong when I follow the guidelines which I spelled out to
> you the other day.

Yes, you expand acronyms the first time they appear. You've now made
this point in at least 6 different posts. We get it. Flooding 1500
inboxes with a pointless rebuke, an "I told you so", or a "prove it"
is wasted bandwidth and decreases the accessibility and usefulness of
this list to everyone. You seeming can't contribute worthwhile
information to the discussions here without being contrary and making
things personal, so your posts will now be moderated and will only
appear if and when I approve them. Geof, I've warned you several times
before and won't do so again.

We're all on the same team here. None of these approaches is wrong or
inaccessible. And nobody is disagreeing that you shouldn't expand the
acronym fully the first time it is used *if it makes sense to do so*.
The various implementations of the markup generally make little
difference at all to true accessibility. This discussion does
highlight how broken <acronym> and <abbr> are in user agents. Let's
focus on possible solutions, eh?