Today at work I spent hours debating the difference between abbreviations and acronyms. I lost the will to live at one point and went, melodramatically, for a walk in the rain. I then returned only to find IE doesn’t support the tag! I should have known this; I am a FI!
I wanted a short and sweet description, I mean, normal people are going to have to understand this, not just geeky people like me. I have settled on the following…
ABBREVIATION – unpronouncable initialisation, such as BBC, CSS
ACRONYM – pronouncable abbreviation, such as NATO, GIF
I realise that these aren’t the actual meanings of each word – believe me, I’ve done the research, I KNOW! But if you need to get hundreds of content management authors understanding the differnce, it’s got to be this easy!
Oh, if you’re wondering how to overcome the problem in IE mentioned above, here’s the solution I settled on. Thank you, Marek Prokop!
NB – bear in mind if you’re looking at this in IE then you wont see the tool-tips etc for the abbr’s, only the acronyms… I don’t think I care anymore though!