[uf-discuss] Size considerations (or how to choose)

Kevin Marks kmarks at technorati.com
Sat Oct 21 02:35:36 PDT 2006

On Oct 19, 2006, at 9:57 PM, Christopher Rines wrote:
> In my opinion amount is a really difficult one to abbreviate (or any 
> measure
> for that matter) as it can be used to describe a lot of other things 
> for
> which there is not yet a microformat but cur (for currency) is 
> interesting
> as just off the top of my head I don't think currency is used in a lot 
> of
> other situations but could we abbreviate current (if we did something
> electrical) with cur?
> I guess this reinforces my point that while useful abbreviations in
> human-readable things are tricky at best. Just like acronyms can be an
> insiders language, abbreviations can obfuscate meaning.

On the broader point, assuming you use gzip when you care about size, 
abbreviations don't save much, especially in the many-repeated case 

Also, using whole english words means that the gzip is likely to be 
more able to exploit the natural redundancy of the English language 
(assuming your text outside the markup is English).

If someone has whole-page examples I'll be happy to compare before and 
after gzipped ones.

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