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Inverting order of arguments

Instead of

{{abbr|unabbreviated text|abbreviation}}

I'd rather have

{{abbr|abbreviation|unabbreviated text}}

since it is more natural to have optional parameters at the end (otherwise it gets ugly, as you can see, although it works), especially when using


where the unabbreviated text is extracted from


If given the OK to do so, I will of course check "What links here?" to fix all the broken calls to {{abbr}}! — Daniel Forgues 06:54, 28 June 2012 (UTC)

I don't quite understand your reasoning (which is not to say it is incorrect). The only reason I chose this particular order was that it matched the order that would be used in HTML:
If the argument is merely to support the new template, I'm not sure what to say; the main purpose is surely to disambiguate between two possible full forms for a single abbreviation?
Of course there's no reason that you couldn't have both: {{abbr|axiom of choice|AC}} as well as {{abbr|AC}}.
Charles R Greathouse IV 17:11, 29 June 2012 (UTC)
Now, when the unabbreviated text is extracted from {{abbr/list}}, I've implemented both ways
{{abbr||AC}} which yields AC      (note the empty string as first argument)
{{abbr|AC}} which yields AC      (only one argument)
I guess I should leave it as is, since we have it both ways.
Of course, I've left the behavior of {{abbr|axiom of choice|AC}} (which yields AC) unchanged. — Daniel Forgues 02:25, 30 June 2012 (UTC)


Where is the database? Is it possible to read and/or edit it? Is it mandatory/desirable not to have non-mathematical (at least some of the most frequent) abbrev's in it? Having, e.g., { {abbr|IMHO} }, { {abbr|RIFO} } and/or some others would seem quite handy and useful to me, both for authors and for readers - unless auto-wikification as for A-numbers could be implemented. — M. F. Hasler 13:48, 7 March 2013 (UTC)

The "database table" for abbreviations used in science (mostly mathematics, computer science, physics, ...) is in the {{Abbr/list}} template and you may read and/or edit it. I'm not sure whether or not we should have common abbreviations like IMHO, BTW, etc. (I'd prefer not... so I modified the {{abbr/list}} template to refer to when the "database table" doesn't have an entry for an abbreviation.) (I couln't find online what RIFO means!)
Daniel Forgues 15:48, 7 March 2013 (UTC)