[uf-discuss] Currency microformat
andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk
Thu Jul 20 10:56:55 PDT 2006
In message <18232-97248 at sneakemail.com>, Ben Buchanan
<wzqtptl02 at sneakemail.com> writes
>> Ben's original statement of the problem, somebody asks
>> "$50" for an item, but is that US? Canadian? Australian?
>> Why not just write:
>> <abbr title="US Dollars">$</abbr>50
>> 50 <abbr title="US Dollars">USD</abbr>
>I'm wondering if a currency sign/symbol is technically an
>abbreviation, since the sign/symbol stands for the complete concept
>"dollar". Anyway, it's probably good enough to go on with; but it's a
Would you argue with, say:
"pounds sterling" and "Great British Pounds" can both be
abbreviated to "£"
>Because there is an ISO standard set of currency codes, I think it
>makes sense to work that into the system; so the first version would
>be out - it uses the converstational version, not the code. The second
>seems a little repetitive; although correct.
>So <abbr title="USD">$</abbr> might be better to specify the meaning
>of the dollar sign, but no more meaning is added than that (we haven't
>made it to "fifty US Dollars", just "US Dollars").
Indeed, but in:
the numeric value is still available, to both human and machine.
I do though, have reservations about torturing the abbreviation-title
attribute like that; USD is itself an abbreviation, and the title
should, in full, be "United States Dollars".
Once again, consider the (potential or optional) use of a screen reader/
aural browser, which pronounces title attributes.
>So... I think <div class="currency USD">$50</div> would work as a shorthand.
>Of course you could use ABBR instead of DIV.
<abbr class="currency USD" title="fifty United States
I presume that agents would not be troubled by paragraph including:
"<abbr title="US Dollars">$</abbr>50 or <abbr title="Canadian
any more than, say:
"<abbr title="International Business Machines">IBM</abbr> or
<abbr title="Idiotic Business Management">IBM</abbr>"
(though neither is human-friendly).
Where the 'nationality' of the currency needs to be shown to a human,
'$US 50' is:
<abbr title="US Dollars">$US</abbr> 50
but what about '$50 US' ?
<currency type="US Dollars">50</currency>
could be styled as:
50 US dollars
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