From: David Mark on 20 Dec 2008 15:32
On Dec 20, 3:21 pm, Thomas 'PointedEars' Lahn <PointedE...(a)web.de>
> David Mark wrote:
> > Thomas 'PointedEars' Lahn wrote:
> >> [snipped full quote]
> >> BTW, HTML is an acronym for the HyperText Markup Language, and CSS is an
> >> acronym for Cascading Style Sheets, respectively; they must be written
> >> in *UPPERCASE*.
> > They are abbreviations, but not acronyms.
> You are off-topic.
Oh, Jesus. You are right, of course. What was I thinking?
> As for me, the distinctive property of an acronym is that it consists of
And this is not OT?
> the leading characters of the words it means; as in *H*yper*T*ext
> *M*arkup *L*angage, and *C*ascading *S*tyle *S*heets. On the other
> hand, mere abbreviations such as `etc.', `ibid.', don't share that property.
Good rule of thumb: if you can pronounce it (and it is made up of
characters found in the abbreviated words), it is an acronym. Radar,
laser, fubar, STENDEC, etc. are acronyms; HTML and CSS are not.
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