Re: [uf-discuss] ‘XHTML’ references to ‘HTML’

Ben Ward lists at
Mon Nov 26 08:09:14 PST 2007

On 26 Nov 2007, at 15:55, Ciaran McNulty wrote:

> Is (X)HTML too unwieldy to
> be the global replacement?

I feel that ‘(X)HTML’ or ‘X/HTML’ in every instance would read  
clumsily and uglify the text. It would be irritating to read an  
entire document where every instance of a familiar and legible  
abbreviation was peppered with parenthesis. I proposed having a  
single ‘HTML and XHTML’ definition on the microformats wiki front  
page, but it would be reasonable to say that the _first_ mention of  
HTML on every wiki page should say ‘HTML and XHTML’ or ‘HTML or  
XHTML’ as appropriate.

Having the first instance expanded is good practice for  
abbreviations, so it would make sense to expand the first ‘HTML and  
XHTML’ and use ‘HTML’ thereafter.

How's that?


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