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I can’t believe I just did that

On a whim, I downloaded and installed Henrik Gemal’s Acronym Plugin for Movable Type; simply because I think auto–describing acronyms is great.

Of course, it didn’t stop there. I made a few changes to the plugin so that it would write <abbr> tags instead of <acronym> tags; and while I appreciate that IE/Win doesn’t support <abbr> tags, I don’t it as a problem for its users. It’s more like a perk for people using better browsers. At the same time, given that most of todays ‘acronyms’ aren’t really acronyms at all (acronyms form a pronounceable word… like QANTAS or ANZAC) and the <acronym> tag is looking to be stricken from XHTML 2.0, I think it’s high time we embraced our <abbr>eviated friends.

Again, it didn’t stop there. I searched my MT archives for <acronym> tags, dutifully removing them and filling in the gaps in my abbreviations database. It’s taken far longer than it should’ve, and it really didn’t need doing in the first place, but god damnit it was worth it.