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Guest Jenny Marie

1)What would the difference be in using abbr and acronym?It seems like the action is the same. Is it just a way to signify different actions for your own purposes? the display doesn't seem any different.2)bdo, why? Is there a later to be revealed purpose?

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1. For <abbr>, it is supposed to indicate an abbreviation, like etc for et cetera and Thurs for Thursday. <acronym> is supposed to indicate an acronym, like LOL for laugh out loud, or any shortform word that uses the beginning letters of a phrase.In XHTML 2, <acronym> is removed because there is much confusion about when to use what. Technically, acronyms are also abbreviations. I tend to use <abbr> for quite a lot of stuff, including acronyms. Instead of putting something like:

<acronym title="Extensible Hypertext Markup Language">XHTML</acronym>

I use:

<abbr title="Extensible Hypertext Markup Language">XHTML</abbr>

You can style both with CSS, and I don't think it makes much difference, but please read on:In HTML5, <acronym> is kept for its own weird purposes. My guess is that semantically, some user agents do treat the two of them differently, so it is being kept.2. I do not know much about <bdo>. Perhaps it is meant to be used to be used for entertainment purposes. :)

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