Design Guidance - Abbreviations & Acronyms

Mar 2, 2009 at 10:17 AM
I need clarification  In Abbreviations & Acronyms Design Guidance, I feel there is some contradiction between 2 statements. Please clarify.

Statement 1: (in 3.3.1)
Applications which display acronyms or abbreviations should present all acronyms (phrases reduced to their initial letters only) in UPPERCASE with no punctuation marks and no interior spaces, for example, ENT for Ears, Nose and Throat rather than E N T, ent or E.N.T.

Statement 2 (In 4)
The punctuation convention proposed may cause some difficulty for screen reader users. Some screen readers read out the acronym as a phrase, rather than pronouncing its individual letters (for example, ENT may be pronounced as the word ‘ent’ rather than as the separate letters E N T). This suggests that a punctuated form with separators (E.N.T.) would be more accessible to screen reader users"
Mar 13, 2009 at 12:13 PM
Hello - and thank you for your question.

This is indeed an issue that has not been fully rationalized.  This document has been published for community and consultation, and not as finalized guidance.  We would be intersted in any experience or reccomendations that you have that could inform future guidance.