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

As pointed out by others, XML is an abbreviation.  The sheer fact that  
it contains no vowels should make it clear that it's unpronounceable  
as an acronym.

- Steve

Steve G. Bjorg

On Aug 24, 2008, at 10:23 AM, fmeschini@tin.it wrote:

>> 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).
> Fede
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