I am sure everyone here will come across acronym-expansion when you read consumer/newbie/end-user/layperson-oriented reviews. But I always wonder how useful it is to expand the acronyms?
"The Canon EOS 10D digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) has a 6 megapixel CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor which gives very low noise levels even at high ISO (International Standards Organisation). The camera also supports E-TTL (Evaluative Through-the Lens) flash exposure for the perfect exposure when shooting with flash. "
"Macromedia DreamWeaver MX has a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) interface which allows you to create HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) pages for your web sites without having to write a single line of code."
You get the drift.
I wonder, is this expansion any useful for the layperson? I mean, sure, he doesn't know CMOS, but he definitely doesn't understand "Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor" or "Evaluative Through the Lens" either. And I am sure he doesn't really need to know what HTML means to create the pages.