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initialism

An initialism is a phrase or multi-word name that has been abbreviated to the first letter of each word, and is pronounced as a series of individual letters.

For example HTML (the computer language used to author webpages), is an initialism of HyperText Markup Language, and is pronounced: “H-T-M-L”.

Initialism are often used in email to soften the tone of communication (in a character-count-conscious manner).

Common initialisms

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2LD
second-level domain: the part of a website address that identifies the community; in New Zealand examples include: .co, .gen, and .net
AFAIC
as far as I’m concerned
AFAIK
as far as I know
BCC
blind carbon copy (email): do not disclose the email addresses in this field to others receiving the email
BTW
by the way
CC
carbon copy (email): also send this email to the following addresses (disclosing the email addresses to all others receiving the email)
CC
conditional comment (code): a proprietary feature of IE that uses a declaration inside an HTML comment to deliver code only to IE browsers; can be restricted to a browser version or range of versions (see hack)
CSS
Cascading Style Sheets: a computer language used to control the visual aspects (presentation) of web content, including layout, colour, typefaces, etc.
DDMMYY
day-day, month-month, year-year: indicating the required input values for a date in the format of numbers for day month and year values (with a placeholder zero for single-digits). For example the 3 May 2006 would be entered as: ‘030506’. The year value is also often requested as a four-digit value: DDMMYYYY
dHTML
dynamic HTML: using JavaScript to change webpage display, often referred to when discussing drop-down or fly-out navigation lists
FWIW
for what it’s worth
FOUC
flash of unstyled content: when a webpage HTML loads before its stylesheet due to IE’s implementation of the @import directive. Initially content is shown using the browser default styles, when the stylesheet loads the webpage is redrawn or ‘flashes’.
GWG
[New Zealand] Government Web Guidelines: Guidelines for the management and design of New Zealand public sector websites.
HTML
HyperText Markup Language: a computer language used to write (author) webpages.
HTH
hope this helps/hope that helps
IE
(Microsoft) Internet Explorer web browser
IMHO
in my humble opinion
IMO
in my [less humble] opinion
IR
image replacement: a technique for replacing HTML-text with an image, often using CSS
KHTML
Konqueror HTML layout engine: used (among others) by the Apple Safari browser
LOL
laugh out loud
NN
Netscape Navigator web browser
NDA
Non-disclosure agreement: a legally-binding document signed prior to a forming a formal business relationship; often setting out the terms under which information has been provided by the client to the contractor, and the confidentiality requirements associated with accepting a contract
OT
off-topic: the response does not relate to the original point being discussed
PIE
Position is Everything: A website for website designers/developers focusing on CSS and JavaScript. The moniker is a reference to achieving webpage layout without using HTML tables.
PITA
pain in the ass
TLD
top-level domain: either the country code (ccTLD) or generic (gTLD) part of a web address
TIA
thanks in advance
UAT
user acceptance testing: often the final stage of software development where a program is trialed by end-users.
UCE
unsolicited commercial email; also referred to as ‘spam
W3C
World Wide Web Consortium: An independent international organisation that develops specifications, guidelines, software, and tools to lead the Web to its full potential.
WAI
Web Accessibility Initiative: a taskforce of the W3C focused on enabling equal access to web content for people with disabilities
WCAG
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines: Principles, checkpoints and techniques for making web content accessible to people with disabilities; created by the W3C WAI
WWW
World Wide Web: the content of, and the links created between, webpages; often pronounced, using a truncated spoken form of the letter ‘w’, as “dub-dub-dub”
YMMV
your mileage may vary: the advice/opinion provided is likely to be subject to variation, either as a result of context, technical constraint or personal preference

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