[uf-discuss] That pesky abbrevation tag (yet again)

Andy Mabbett andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk
Sat Jan 5 13:10:43 PST 2008

In message 
<d4154bcf0801051110x1a34720amc7a06431da919917 at mail.gmail.com>, Sarven 
Capadisli <csarven at gmail.com> writes

>On Jan 5, 2008 9:31 AM, Jim O'Donnell <jim at eatyourgreens.org.uk> wrote:

>>  <abbr class="type" title="dom">US</abbr>

>>  <abbr class="type" title="parcel">shipments</abbr>:

>>  <abbr class="type" title="dom">local delivery</abbr>

>> None of the <abbr> tags are being used to mark up abbreviations,
>> except maybe for 'US" where the expansion should be 'United States',
>> not 'dom'.

>I agree examples should be as semantic as possible, however there are
>many instances where the formats are not bound to any particular
>element(s) as far as semantics are concerned. For instance, hCard
>information can be presented in <address> or <table> or <li> tags.
>Therefore, it may be more appropriate to suggest that semantic markup
>should be used in context of the document.

You're quite correct; but in microformats "title" is only considered on 
"abbr", and where "abbr" is used, then it should be used in accordance 
with the HTML specs, not as in the examples above.

It's long past time when this issue should have been properly addressed, 
and fixed.

Andy Mabbett

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