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

IMHO ISO's OOXML/ODF XML standardization process, with too many AMDs
of various NBs has made a mockery of any sort of IS effort. As to
whether or not XML, SOAP, etc. etc. are abbrevs or acros I refer to
the AAAAA for final determination. I will debate this issue A3! I am
ACORN AATK as my FBI records will no doubt confirm.


On Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 12:48 PM, Andrew Welch <andrew.j.welch@gmail.com> wrote:
>> "SOAP" was coined as an acronym. Some people use it as an acronym
>> now, but others do not.
>> Another example of the is Ecma. It used to be ECMA, short for a phrase, but
>> now they have a less European bias it is just a name and not short for
>> anything, according to them.
> I used to laugh to myself in meetings where managers would shout
> acronyms across the table at each other but not be able to tell you
> the words the acronyms were short for...
> I guess it doesn't really matter, as long as everyone knows what is
> meant when the acronym is said then it has served its purpose.  At
> which point, you could argue that the acronym has graduated into a
> word.
> To go back to the point of the thread, doesn't it depend on what the
> browers do with <abbr> and <acronym> ?  Go with whichever does what
> you want...
> --
> Andrew Welch
> http://andrewjwelch.com
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