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RE: [xml-dev] R: Re: [xml-dev] Is "XML" an abbreviation or an acronym?

Fill yer boots

I agree with Fede because, although XML sounds like an initialism, the X
stands for extensible so it has to be an acronym.  But this source also
agrees that all initialisms and acronyms are abbreviations, so we good!


Jack Lindsey

-----Original Message-----
From: fmeschini@tin.it [mailto:fmeschini@tin.it] 
Sent: Sunday 24 August, 2008 13:24
To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: [xml-dev] R: Re: [xml-dev] Is "XML" an abbreviation or an acronym?

>The XML specification, http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/REC-xml-20060816/ 
starts with,
>Extensible Markup Language, abbreviated XML, describes 
>So the spec says, it's an abbreviation ...

Probably because 
'acronymied' is a little bit of a cacophony, and to write 'abbreviated 
through the acronym' was too complex of a sentence.

Technically XML is 
an acronym, as GNU, SQL, FAT, BBC or TARDIS are. Probably we should 
discuss whehter an 'acronym' is a subtype of the more general 
'abbreviation' type which is at the same time disjointed from the 
'contraction' subtype (e.g. Dr. for Doctor).



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